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Weather related delays or cancellation information due to a snow emergency may be obtained by calling the Bryant University Information Line at 401-232-6002.

Grounds Department

The Grounds Department is responsible for the overall appearance and maintenance of the campus roads and grounds encompassing the entire campus. The University comprises 420 acres of land with several miles of roads, and over eight miles of walks. It is the goal of our office to enhance the University experience for students, faculty, and staff by maintaining a clean and safe environment. Specific duties provided in support of the University are as follows:

  • Maintain all horticultural materials such as turf, trees, evergreens, shrubs, vines, ground cover and flowering plants
  • Watering trees, shrubs and flower beds
  • Shrub pruning and tree trimming
  • Collecting and disposal of leaves
  • Maintenance of storm drains
  • Maintenance of fountain and irrigation systems
  • Maintenance of fire hydrants
  • Installation of special event signage
  • Litter and debris control
  • Snow and ice removal

The majority of Grounds department services are performed Monday - Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Snow Emergency Plan

The Bryant University Emergency Snow Plan has been implemented to provide successful and responsive removal of snow from all campus roads, sidewalks, walkways, buildings, dorms, townhouse entrances, and parking lots. Snow removal is considered emergency work and therefore considerable overtime cost may be required. Careful planning and preparation prior to the snow warning is vital to minimize this cost. Variable conditions encountered, such as rate and accumulation, moisture content, temperature, and time of day, will activate the Emergency Snow Plan.

Emergency Snow Plan may be activated by the:

  • Department of Public Safety
  • Assistant Vice President for Campus Management
  • Director of Facilities
  • Manager of Grounds Division
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Assistant Facilities Engineer

Guidelines for activating Emergency Snow Plan:

  • Winter Storm Warning forecasting 3” or more
  • Winter Storm Warning for Severe Icing, forecasting freezing rain
  • Winter Storm Warning for Heavy Sleet, forecasting ½” or more

Guidelines for Response Activation:

  • Upon Emergency Snow Plan activation approval, the Manager of Grounds will begin to contact all Grounds and Custodial/Trades Snow Removal Teams at least two hours prior to forecast starting time.

Parking Ban:

  • Student parking is prohibited in the Faculty, Staff and Commuter parking lots. Fire Lanes need to remain open and accessible at all times. Grounds Workers will keep stockpiled snow away from sightlines at all intersections of the University. Students remaining on campus during winter break are encouraged to park their vehicles in front of the tennis courts during a snow emergency.

Emergency External Snow Removal Vendors:

  • External emergency snow vendors will be utilized when snow forecast exceeds 8." Vendor notification will be handled by the Manager of Grounds.

Essential Personnel: All employees holding the Custodial and Tradesmen classifications are considered essential personnel and will be required to report to work during snow emergencies within their normal assigned working hours unless otherwise advised.

 

Athletic Field Complex Fall Maintenance and Winterization

Procedures

 Baseball and Softball Fields

  • Final cut and clean
  • Add infield mix and conditioner for stabilization and preparation for early spring practice
  • Grade infield utilizing Laser Alignment
  • Sod Cut infield lip to level
  • Deep tine and aerify turf
  • Address pitcher mound and install new rubber
  • Address home plate and batters boxes
  • Apply dormant fertilizer to all turf
  • Install tarp on infield and secure for winter

Sutton Fields

  • Final cut and clean
  • Apply dormant feed to all turf areas
  • Spray application for snow mold

Varsity Practice Field

  • Final cut and clean
  • Deep tine and aerify
  • Apply top dress and over seed
  • Apply dormant fertilizer

 Intramural Fields

  • Final cut and clean
  • Solid tine fields
  • Apply top dressing and over seed
  • Apply dormant fertilizer

Track Field

  • Final cut and clean
  • Apply herbicide and dormant fertilizer

Field Hockey Field

  • Final cut and clean
  • Deep tine turf
  • Top dress
  • Address goal mounts
  • Apply herbicide and dormant fertilizer
  • Spray application for snow mold prevention

Stadium Field

  • Final cut and clean
  • Apply gypsum to fracture soil
  • Apply herbicide and dormant fertilizer
  • Spray application for snow mold prevention

Irrigation System

  • Blow down all lines and secure to prevent freezing

Spring

  • Remove all tarps
  • Inspect condition of all fields to access winter damage
  • Evaluate assessments, and report and program with Denis Brolin, Sports Turf Specialties
  • Initiate rolling of all areas
  • Initiate de-thatching of all areas
  • Initiate cleaning all areas
  • Spring fertilization program

Athletic and Outdoor Event Setups

General

Requests for Bryant University-sponsored events must be submitted by the sponsoring group. All requests must include a valid account number. Although there is generally no fee associated with an outdoor event unless labor is requested, the account number will be used should the space be damaged or improperly cleaned after an event. The request must be submitted a minimum of five business days prior to the date of the event. The business day ends at 5 p.m. so requests submitted after 5 p.m. will be received the following business day. Applicants are required to provide as complete a description as possible. If an event is planned that includes amplified sound, a tent, or catering, additional time for processing will be needed.

Athletic Fields

Recreational Fields and Practice Fields are designed to support Intramural and Club Sport activities, who hold first priority for the space. Therefore, fields that appear "available," may actually be in use for sports programs. Any inquiries for athletic fields must be directed to the Athletic Director’s office to check for availability prior to submitting a request for athletic field usage. Tents are not allowed on any Athletic Fields.

Certificates of Insurance

When an outside vendor comes onto campus, the vendor must provide the University with a certificate of insurance that must be approved by the University's Director of Risk Management. This certificate must show that the vendor has commercial general liability in the amount of $3 million per occurrence and must name Bryant University as an additional insured. Companies often add language that includes that the addition of Bryant University is for a specific date or the duration of an event.

Food and Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages must be supplied and served by a licensed caterer. The name of the caterer must be entered on the Request for Field Use. The organization may purchase and prepare (grill) food for an event provided that approval is given by the Facilities Management office.

Security

Each event will be reviewed by DPS to determine if security is required. If it is determined that security is necessary, DPS will indicate the number of officers that are required to work the event and what specific duties the officers will perform. The event sponsor must arrange for security at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Tents

Events with tents require a Town of Smithfield tent permit. All fees and arrangements for inspections by the Fire Department must be made in advance of the Request for Field Use. A copy of the tent permit must be sent to the Facilities Management office in order to receive final approval for the event.

Electricity

Facilities Management must have all electrical requirements a minimum of two weeks prior to an event in order to determine the staffing necessary for the event.

Car Washes

Requesters will need to request hoses and valve-control tools for use during a car wash. Use of the equipment is free; however, the account number on the request will be used for replacement of any damaged equipment or items not returned. Specific arrangements for the equipment can be made in advance by contacting Facilities Management at Ext. 6052.

Vehicle Accessibility

All Facilities-owned cars, trucks, vans, buses, and other motor vehicles will be controlled and kept in service by the Facilities Management Department. When available, they may be used by other departments/divisions for University-related purposes on a cost basis and on other terms as may reasonably be established by the Director of Facilities Management.

University vans and cars: These vehicles may be used by University employees on University-related business subject to availability of vehicles under the procedural requirements as follows:

  1. Requesters can phone in a vehicle reservation to the Facilities Management Office. The office will pencil in your request and hold it for 24 hours while you process your written "Vehicle Request" form. Failure to submit a written request will nullify your verbal reservation.
  2. The "Vehicle Request" form must be fully completed and include budget number and authorization signature, or it will be denied and returned.
  3. The requesting department is fully bound and agreeable to all terms, conditions and payments as stated on the "Vehicle Request" form.
  4. The driver must be a University employee over 21 years of age and have a valid driver's license with a good driving record. The driver must be approved by the University insurance carrier.
  5. University-owned vehicles cannot be driven to and from an employee's home or parked overnight at an employee's home.
  6. Fuel and maintenance services will be provided by the Maintenance Department. Any necessary outlays for fuel or service while en route will be reimbursed to the employee upon submission of an expense report with receipts.
  7. All vehicles are supplied with a at no cost full fuel tank. Additional fuel while en route can be charged to the University credit cards and billed to the using department. Fuel tanks do not need to be filled prior to returning a vehicle.
  8. In the event of an accident involving a University vehicle off campus, a report must be made immediately to the local or state police. Explicit instructions for such an event, with report forms and insurance information, will be found in the glove compartment of each University vehicle.

Grounds Equipment

These vehicles are solely for the use of the Grounds department at Bryant University. Under no circumstances are these vehicles to be rented, loaned, or taken off site without the express permission of the Director of Facilities Management.

Maintenance Vehicles

These vehicles are solely for the use of the Maintenance department at Bryant University. Under no circumstances are these vehicles to be rented, loaned, or taken off site without the express permission of the Director of Facilities Management, Facilities Engineer or Assistant Facilities Engineer.

Forms

Equipment Relocation Request Form
Vehicle Request Form

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