Professional Grounds Management Society<br /> Green Star Grand Award<br />Winner<br />The University of Chicago<br />
Explore a beautiful campus in the cityExplore a beautiful campus in the cityExplore a beautiful campus in the city.<br />C...
Cobb Gate<br />Founded in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society and oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, the Universi...
Botany Pond<br />Walk down the sidewalk between Hull Gate and Botany Pond and you may need to duck beneath a canopy of ara...
Hull Court<br />The Julie and J. Parker Hall Botanic Garden Endowment enabled the restoration of Botany Pond and the surro...
Kramer Garden<br />The gardens elevate the campus landscape character and display a variety of design influences from a pr...
Main Quadrangle Entrance Garden<br />Although many of the plants on campus, including true varieties of viburnums, amelanc...
Main Quadrangle Circle Garden<br />The lush flora at the heart of campus owes much to the vision of legendary landscape ar...
Classics Quad - Sustaining Beauty<br />Ivy is generally allowed to cover building facades.  This helps moderate temperatur...
Joe and Rika Mansueto Library<br />“The Helmut Jahn-designed space enables students to seat themselves under a sparkling g...
Woodlawn Garden<br />With the Oriental Institute to the left and the Chicago Theological Seminary in the background, the n...
Midway Crossings “Light Bridges”<br />Intended to reflect Frederick Law Olmstead’s original concept, this project is a ser...
South Midway Garden<br />The gardens on the Midway Plaisance were developed and installed as a joint effort between the Ch...
Law School<br />The Laird Bell Law Quadrangle, completed in 1959, was the vision of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarin...
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel<br />The final gift of John D. Rockefeller serves as hub of spiritual life and hosts major eve...
North Midway Winter Garden - Linné  Statue<br />The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercise...
The Service Crew<br />Horticulturalist James Hathorn installs material in new planters at the Young Building, headquarters...
Performance<br />Jim Mulqueeny pictured mowing Stagg Field, home of soccer, softball and track field events.  Anderson Fie...
Versatility<br />Pre-emptive anti-icing, use of snow throwers and brooms instead of plows where possible and de-icing with...
Experience<br />Our twenty person staff have over 140 years of combined University service.  Here Ricardo Moreno push mows...
Quality<br />“Building and Maintaining Excellence.”  Crishawn Cook, Lead Service Crew member, at the President’s House. Pe...
Challenges - Soil<br />Located a quarter mile from Lake Michigan the Ice Age glaciers provided 36 feet of beautiful sand. ...
Expectations<br />“The pots can never be empty.”  No open space, no dead, dying or sickly looking material, here or in any...
Construction<br />Like most college campuses, construction can wreak havoc on the landscape.  At UC one must also work wit...
Restrictions<br />In order to provide a more tranquil environment, pedestrian-only zones and other policies, which prohibi...
Snow Management<br />How do you move a record 25 inches of snow which fell in 24 hours?  In a tight urban setting, it’s al...
Steven L. FrankLandscape Services Supervisor<br />Brandon Rux, Assistant Supervisor.  Service Crew:  Eric Anderson, Keith ...
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  • August 5, 2011About the UniversityLocated in the community of Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, just 15 minutes from the city center, the University of Chicago is uniquely positioned to contribute to, and draw from, thestrength and diversity of this world-class metropolis. We have also made an indelible mark on the world at large.BASIC FACTS:First Classes: 1892.Founder: John D. RockefellerPresident: Robert J. Zimmer5,134 undergraduate students, 10,492 graduate, professional and other students2,211 facultyand other academic personnel85 Nobel Prize winners, including 8 current faculty154,286 alumni worldwide$472 million in sponsored research awardsMore than 3,300 patents filed since 1987Manager of Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (in partnership)211 acres, designated a botanic garden in 1997Blend of traditional English Gothic and award-winning modern buildings designed by renowned architectsUndergraduate college offering 50 majors and 29 minors Four Graduate Divisions: Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences, Social SciencesSix Graduate Professional Schools: Divinity School, Chicago Booth School of Business,Law School,Pritzker School of Medicine,Harris School of Public Policy Studies, School of Social Service AdministrationContinuing Education: Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional StudiesThe University of Chicago is one of the world’s great intellectual communitiesChanging the WorldShaping Minds Creating New Disciplines Leading in Law and Economics Leading in the Sciences Winning Awards and Accolades Changing the Face of Education Crossing BoundariesLogos:The University of Chicago. The University of Chicago Facilities Services.Text: Frank, Steven L. “About the University.” The University of Chicago.Web. 2 Aug. 2011.
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  • Photo: Richard Bumstead (used by permission)Text: Bumstead, Richard. “Contractor Service Agreement. Attachment A.” Facilities Services. The University of Chicago.14 Jan. 2011. “Guide to the Ferdinand Kramer Papers 1886-2002.” The University of Chicago Library. Web. 23 July 2011.
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  • Photo: Tom Rossiter (used by permission)Text: “Construction of Midway Crossings.” Facilities Services. The University of Chicago. Web. 24 July 2011. Kamin, Blair. “Right out of &apos;Star Wars,&apos; a new way to light a path at U. of C.; 40-foot-tall light masts inspired by Olmsted&apos;s vision for the Midway.” Cityscapes.Chicago Tribune. 8 Mar 2011. Web. 24 July 2011.
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  • Photo: Richard Bumstead (used by permission)Text: Harms, William. “Campus gardens fulfill Olmsted’s vision.” The University of Chicago. Web.23 July 2011.Olmstead, Frederick Law. “The Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Trees, 1865 .” “America&apos;s National Park System:The Critical Documents Chapter 1:The Early Years, 1864-1918.” UnitedStates National Park Service. Web. 2 Aug. 2011. “The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920.” American Memory, United States Library of Congress. Web. 2- Aug. 2011
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  • Photo: Steven L. FrankText: “Facilities Services Strategic Themes. Logo.” Facilities Services. The University of Chicago. 13 Dec. 2010. Frank, Steven L. “The 50 Most Amazing College Campuses.” The Best Colleges. 26 May 2011. Web. 1 Aug. 2011.
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  • PGMS Green Star Grand Award Winner

    1. 1. Professional Grounds Management Society<br /> Green Star Grand Award<br />Winner<br />The University of Chicago<br />
    2. 2. Explore a beautiful campus in the cityExplore a beautiful campus in the cityExplore a beautiful campus in the city.<br />Crescat scientia; vita excolator. <br /> Let knowledge grow from more to more, and so be human life enriched.<br />
    3. 3. Cobb Gate<br />Founded in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society and oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, the University’s land was donated by Marshall Field, owner of the legendary Chicago department store that bore his name. Rockefeller described the donation as “the best investment I ever made.” William Rainey Harper, the University’s first president, envisioned a university that was “‘bran splinter new,’ yet as solid as the ancient hills.” At the top of Cobb Gate is the Phoenix, symbolizing Chicago’s rise from the ashes of The Great Fire of 1871. Led by bagpipers, a processional of each class goes through this gate.<br />
    4. 4. Botany Pond<br />Walk down the sidewalk between Hull Gate and Botany Pond and you may need to duck beneath a canopy of aralias that overhang the path leading to Cobb Gate and 57th Street just beyond. Those rare plants have been thriving in their niche since the beginning of the 20th century and are thought to be a legacy of John Coulter, first chair of the University’s Botany department. The entire 211 acre campus was designated an official botanical garden in 1997.<br />
    5. 5. Hull Court<br />The Julie and J. Parker Hall Botanic Garden Endowment enabled the restoration of Botany Pond and the surrounding Hull Court. The twenty botanical beds amidst campus are maintained through a combination of in-house resources and service agreement vendors, allowing for the detail work each demands.<br />
    6. 6. Kramer Garden<br />The gardens elevate the campus landscape character and display a variety of design influences from a prairie plant garden to a more formal garden defined by boxwood hedges. These gardens are much appreciated by the campus and each year draw more admirers. They need to be maintained to a high level of care and craft. Ferdinand Kramer (1901-2002), real estate developer, devoted much of his life to projects for urban renewal and housing integration on Chicago's South Side. His first wife, Stephanie Shambaugh Kramer (1909-1973), designed this garden in the center of the University of Chicago Quadrangle.<br />
    7. 7. Main Quadrangle Entrance Garden<br />Although many of the plants on campus, including true varieties of viburnums, amelanchiers and hawthorns originate from the late 1920s and early 1930s, hundreds of new perennials are added each year. Spring Convocation ceremonies are held in the Quad, with 25,000 folding chairs, numerous tents, video screens and a huge stage set against this garden splendor.<br />
    8. 8. Main Quadrangle Circle Garden<br />The lush flora at the heart of campus owes much to the vision of legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, whose heirs helped design the original quads. Seasonal rotations include 36,000 bulbs and 3,000 forced bulbs for spring; 4,000-plus summer annuals; 750 chrysanthemums and flowering kale plants in fall and 13,600 winter greens plus a 46,400 holiday light display. Pervious concrete and Edenstone paver walkways enhance the pedestrian and environmentally friendly heart of the University.<br />
    9. 9. Classics Quad - Sustaining Beauty<br />Ivy is generally allowed to cover building facades. This helps moderate temperatures inside, saving energy costs. The University’s tree inventory and management plan, smart irrigation, storm water management, single-sort recycling, and other sustainable practices enhance the present use and enjoyment of the campus without compromising future generation’s ability to do the same.<br />
    10. 10. Joe and Rika Mansueto Library<br />“The Helmut Jahn-designed space enables students to seat themselves under a sparkling glass dome, set on a slightly angled axis as a gesture towards the nearby Henry Moore monument to Enrico Fermi and the world’s first sustained nuclear reaction. The building incorporates a labyrinthine underground automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) capable of storing 3.5 million volumes. The ash, oak and maple trees from the site that couldn’t be replanted were transformed into furniture for use in the adjacent Regenstein Library.” (World Architecture News)<br />
    11. 11. Woodlawn Garden<br />With the Oriental Institute to the left and the Chicago Theological Seminary in the background, the native plant garden at the corner of 58th Street and Woodlawn Avenue provides an oasis in a busy area of campus. The Booth Graduate School of Business, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel surround the property. <br />
    12. 12. Midway Crossings “Light Bridges”<br />Intended to reflect Frederick Law Olmstead’s original concept, this project is a series of streetscape improvements at the major intersections of the Midway Plaisance, connecting north and south campus. “At night, 40-foot tall light masts evoke the storied, brilliantly-illuminated ‘White City’ at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, where millions of Americans were introduced to street lights. This project stands as a model for how lighting can change our perceptions of a moribund urban zone and bring it new life.” (Blair Kamin - Chicago Tribune)<br />
    13. 13. South Midway Garden<br />The gardens on the Midway Plaisance were developed and installed as a joint effort between the Chicago Park District and the University. Landscape Services now oversees the maintenance of these gardens. By the way, more than a century ago, the UC Maroons were a national football power under coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. The original “Monsters of the Midway” won seven Big Ten Conference titles. Also, a replica of the original Heisman Trophy, won by running back Jay Berwanger, is on display in the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center.<br />
    14. 14. Law School<br />The Laird Bell Law Quadrangle, completed in 1959, was the vision of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen. An evening walk by the Law School provides a breathtaking modern play on the Gothic obsession with light, with the illuminated accordion windows of the library tower projected onto Saarinen’s reflecting pool. Gardens on the north and south will be joined by a new endowed garden to the west this fall. <br />
    15. 15. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel<br />The final gift of John D. Rockefeller serves as hub of spiritual life and hosts major events at The University of Chicago. The Chapel was built with a grandeur of scale and intent, and is used today in ways which play to its strengths: speaking to the nobility of the human capacity for awe and profound quest for meaning.<br />
    16. 16. North Midway Winter Garden - Linné Statue<br />The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it.” —Frederick Law Olmsted<br />
    17. 17. The Service Crew<br />Horticulturalist James Hathorn installs material in new planters at the Young Building, headquarters of Facilities Services . Our vision: “We will work together to exceed customer expectations and become a national model for effectiveness in enhancing the physical environment of the University.”<br />
    18. 18. Performance<br />Jim Mulqueeny pictured mowing Stagg Field, home of soccer, softball and track field events. Anderson Field (baseball) and the Haydon Track facility are also part of this athletic complex. Grounds staff partners with the Department of Athletics and Physical Education and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to care for 8.6 acres of athletic turf as well as the in-fill synthetic football field. <br />
    19. 19. Versatility<br />Pre-emptive anti-icing, use of snow throwers and brooms instead of plows where possible and de-icing with treated salt improves service delivery, lessens damage and reduces overall environmental impact. Here, Pete Thompsonclears a sidewalk on south campus. In the green season he is engaged with athletic field care.<br />
    20. 20. Experience<br />Our twenty person staff have over 140 years of combined University service. Here Ricardo Moreno push mows the west terrace garden at Ida Noyes Hall, originally designed to be a women's gymnasium and social center. Over the years, the facility has undergone modest changes and has hosted many events, large and small, for the University community. Awareness of activities, building personnel and environmental conditions is encouraged through individual responsibility for areas of campus.<br />
    21. 21. Quality<br />“Building and Maintaining Excellence.” Crishawn Cook, Lead Service Crew member, at the President’s House. Peer group ratings consistently place the University high in stewardship, value and service accomplishment. Recently ranked 14th among The 50 Most Amazing College Campuses by The Best Colleges, the University has “one of the prettiest college campuses in the United States” <br />
    22. 22. Challenges - Soil<br />Located a quarter mile from Lake Michigan the Ice Age glaciers provided 36 feet of beautiful sand. Great for putting your toes in, not so good for growing things. Holding moisture and nutrients at the root level is a major battle. Keeping new trees rooted and upright is also a struggle. On the positive side, everything drains well. Broadly defined “Chicago soil” contains bricks, concrete spoils, two by fours and anything else that was pushed into the ground and buried over the past 200 years. As a result , we constantly battle sinkholes, wacky pH patterns and broken aerator tines. <br />
    23. 23. Expectations<br />“The pots can never be empty.” No open space, no dead, dying or sickly looking material, here or in any of the planters Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter. Changeover must happen overnight, like magic! The University boasts 85 Nobel Laureates, including 8 current faculty members, produced the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, enjoys the top business school in the country, built the world-renowned Pritzker School of Medicine, and produces Supreme Court Justices in its Law School (even President Obama worked there). With this comes high expectations, all day, everyday.<br />
    24. 24. Construction<br />Like most college campuses, construction can wreak havoc on the landscape. At UC one must also work with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and private property owners to assure the protection and stewardship of the non-contiguous grounds. The University owns extensive residential and commercial properties off campus, making oversight difficult as well. Recently enacted standards help communicate contractor expectations and prohibited practices.<br />
    25. 25. Restrictions<br />In order to provide a more tranquil environment, pedestrian-only zones and other policies, which prohibit and/or proscribe times for certain types of work, have been enacted. In response, work hours now begin at 5am, regular Saturday shifts are employed and the use of electric mowers, string trimmers and other less disruptive equipment and techniques are in place. A culture of customer service, communication, planning, and flexibility are key components (good lighting helps too!).<br />
    26. 26. Snow Management<br />How do you move a record 25 inches of snow which fell in 24 hours? In a tight urban setting, it’s all hands on deck. The crew is pictured here at our snow dump site, an empty lot on south campus. Teamwork among Facilities Services staff: engineers, electricians, residential services folks, contractors helping haul snow for days on end and our crew holed-up two nights in campus accommodations did the trick. Alas, the city is responsible for the streets. Classes were cancelled for two days. Enough said.<br />
    27. 27. Steven L. FrankLandscape Services Supervisor<br />Brandon Rux, Assistant Supervisor. Service Crew: Eric Anderson, Keith Bayus, Paul Brink, Cris Cook, Todd Channell, Josh Detzler, Micah Downs, James Hathorn, Brian Korbel, Boguslaw Lyczewski, Ricardo Moreno, Jim Mulqueeny, Arturo Ortiz, Katina Robinson, Roland Rumsey, Pete Thompson, Mike Whitehead, Pam Williams, Calvin Young, Dariusz Zielonka and Ruben Zalas. Richard Bumstead, Associate Director for Campus Environment. Kevin Austin, Director of Building Services. Service Agreement Contractors: Atrium Landscape, Bartlett Tree Experts, Brickman Group, Care of Trees, Christy Webber Landscapes and Muellermist Irrigation. <br />

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