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Operations & Services

Facilities Management takes pride in being the stewards of Sacramento State University’s campus capital assets.

Our operations consist of highly qualified technicians, trades workers, and specialists that support the Redefine the Possible initiative. Through this initiative, we continue to refine our operational efficiency by providing industry-leading customer service and cost-effective solutions to our campus constituents.

Plant Operations

Plant Operations encompasses the Central Plant and Electrical Services.

The Central Plant building is the heart of the campuses heating and air conditioning system. Within the building our equipment produces steam and chilled water which is then circulated across the campus through a network of below and above ground piping. Once the steam and chilled water enters the buildings, a series of pumps, valves, and fans are operated by an automated, computerized system. The system works to maintain a balance between building occupant comfort and energy efficiency. However, not all of the campus is served by the Central Plant. There are boilers and air conditioning units located in other facilities around the campus.


Creating a culture of sustainability at Sac State demands involvement of students, faculty, and staff alike with the purpose of integrating sustainability in everything we do.

The campus has significant impact on the surrounding community; therefore we must be a sustainability crusader and foster partnerships with other advocates to achieve a greener community.

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Electric Shop

The Electrical Shop works closely with Plant Operations to maintain nearly all electrical equipment on campus including primary and secondary distribution systems, underground cables, interior circuits, panels, transformers and switchgear.

The shop is also responsible for all indoor and outdoor lighting on campus and contributes to many of the campus’ Special Repair and Minor Capital Outlay projects.

HVAC Repair & Installations

Our highly experienced and knowledgeable Engineering Services staff perform repairs and install new systems for a variety of applications.

As mechanical systems reach the end of their useful life, our department develops and implements plans to replace those systems. We also work closely with the Facilities Planning Unit (link to Facilities Planning site) to develop new projects and specify equipment that provides the university the best value for our long term needs.

Operations & Maintenance

During the heating season, (November through May), the Central Plant boilers are operating and must be monitored 24 hours a day.

The Central Plant chillers are taken apart and cleaned during this time as well. During the cooling season, (June - October), the boilers are shut down for maintenance. The chillers are then run regularly to provide air conditioning for the majority of the campus. Since the chillers consume a lot of energy, we attempt to limit the amount of time they run during the day. At night they run to chill the water in the Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Tank. We then circulate TES water around the campus during the day, thereby allowing us to keep the chillers off during peak hours, which reduce electrical costs substantially.

HVAC System Maintenance

The millions of square feet of space that need to be heated and cooled means that there are thousands of pieces of equipment that need to be maintained.

Our maintenance activities include maintaining and repairing several miles of underground heating and cooling distribution lines; replacing air filters and cleaning air distribution system components; greasing bearings, oiling motors and changing belts; cleaning heating and cooling coils; and evaluating/adjusting operating conditions/parameters of auxiliary systems and components.

Energy Management & Building Automation Systems

Several computer systems are in place which are designed to optimize energy consumption and building occupant comfort. The systems gather data from around the campus such as temperatures, pressures, and other operating conditions. They then evaluate that data, look at the time of day, and other factors, and make adjustments accordingly.

The quantity and variety of controls and the environment that they operate in means that adjustments and repairs must be made continually. Our staff can recognize potential problems by analyzing computer data and make corrections before there is any impact on building occupants. Constantly changing needs on the campus require us to develop solutions quickly and cost effectively. Through training and partnerships with vendors and other professionals, we strive to provide flexible control systems that reduce equipment downtime and costs, and maintain comfortable indoor environments.

Automotive Services

Automotive Services performs repairs and maintenance on University carts, cars, trucks, vans, and other rolling equipment. Additionally, Automotive Services maintains various gasoline and diesel-powered equipment, from large generators to weed eaters.

Automotive Services inspects vehicles prior to acquisition (whether leased, purchased or gifted), as well as manages off-site repairs. Automotive Services works diligently to comply with local, state and federal mandates such as air quality, smog testing, and CSU executive orders, as well as keeping abreast of the latest technology to help our campus acquire vehicles that sustainability serve our needs.

Zone Management

More than just a conduit for customer support, Zone Mangers will routinely conduct building inspections to personally determine how improvements can be made to building common areas and follow up with quality control inspections to ensure superior work and job completion. This is just one more way that Senior Zone Manager Mark Leisz hopes to build bridges with the campus community and provide exceptional customer service. You can find Mark Leisz, along with fellow Zone Managers Kimberly Donaville-Davis and Doug Power at the Zone Manager offices located in the Brighton Hall Annex. Richard Mikeworth, the Zone Manager for Residential Life, is located in Desmond Hall.

Zone managers will communicate with customers, when necessary, to obtain the information needed to complete work orders, and will act on behalf of customers to follow up on work orders and monitor work backlogs for buildings they oversee.

Zone Manager Map

Zone Managers

The central Customer Service Office staff is still available to handle emergencies and issue keys at (916) 278-6242, or

Moving Services

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday : As needed (additional fees will be charged at overtime rates)

Customer Service: (916) 278-6242

All requests must be submitted via the Customer Service Request Form. Upon receipt of the request, the Moving Services Manager will determine if the work can be completed by in-house university movers (university expense) or through contract movers (customer expense).

  • Baseline Maintenance Services (Facilities Management Funded)
  • Customer Support Services (Department Funded/Chargeback)
  • Event Rentals (Tables/Chairs Only)

Grounds & Landscape Services

Grounds and Landscaping Services is responsible for maintaining 170 landscaped acres and over 3,000 trees. We also have responsibility for maintaining walkways and parking improvements. Grounds and Landscape Services trims, irrigates, cleans, fertilizes, provides pest control, and renovates campus site improvements that encompass:

  • Over 3,000 trees, comprising 250 species
  • 93 acres of lawn/turf
  • 16 acres of shrubs and ground cover
  • More than 21 miles of campus walkways
  • 60 acres of parking lots
  • 25 acres of undeveloped space
  • Irrigation systems comprising 5 well pumps, 7 zone controllers, 750 valves, and 12,000 sprinklers heads

Custodial Services

Custodial Services is responsible for cleaning activities in all general-fund supported university facilities. This professional staff maintains a safe and healthy setting for students, faculty, staff and guests in pursuit of our education mission. Typical services include cleaning, sanitizing, floor care, stocking sanitary supplies and collecting and disposing of refuse.

Customer Service

The Customer Service Center is the first point of contact for Facilities Management. We receive and dispatch routine and non-routine service requests keeping campus building occupants apprised of work that may affect business operations, and providing general information to the campus community and the public.

We also issue campus keys and electronic building access, estimate project costs, process work order billing, and maintain department inventory records. Our goal is to provide friendly, responsive, and efficient services via clear and timely communication with our customers.

Lock Shop

The Facilities Management lock shop is responsible for the management of the campus master key system, key inventory, and issuance. In addition, the lock shop maintains the campus door locks, including the new electronic locks (Velocity), standard keyed locks, padlocks, and software-controlled key cabinets (Key Watcher). The lock shop removes broken keys, completes core changes, and provides lock set repairs. The lock shop handles issues related to automatic door initial response problems, completes door closure repairs, completes repairs to building exit door hardware, and conducts preventive maintenance.

Signage – The Lock Shop is your first stop for any type of signage needs for room identification, directional or informational wayfinding, and any signage in general. All request must be submitted along with diagram containing verbiage, font type and size, sign dimensions, and color scheme and submitted through the AiM work order system.

Please Note: The Lock Shop does not oversee Key Requests.

Plumbing Shop

The plumbers replace and repair faucets, valves, water and drain lines, water heaters, sewer, storm, domestic and hot water circulating pumps, just to name some of the work they do. They also install new piping and plumbing components for remodel projects. On a regular basis, they hydro-jet sanitary and storm lines to keep them flowing utilizing an aggressive preventive maintenance program.

The plumbers are also responsible for:

  • Maintenance and replacement of sanitary and storm systems
  • Domestic water mains
  • Natural gas distribution systems
  • Fire suppression systems such as sprinklers, stand-pipes, hose cabinets, and hydrants
  • Layout, rough-in and final fixture installation of all plumbing systems
  • Maintenance and repair of all 287 restrooms on campus
  • Testing and repairing 84 backflow prevention devices

Metal Shop

The Metal Shop's primary function is supporting all sheet metal needs throughout the entire campus such as designing and building ducting, mounting brackets, ventilation systems, exhaust systems and modifying and installing railings. Our in-house staff can take care of most metal fabrication requests that do not require specialized metals such as stainless steel. Any non-structural welding can be performed by the staff based on specifications provided by the customer.

Multi-craft Shop

The Multi-craft Shop fulfills a duel role in maintaining and repairing basic components of all campus buildings such as foundations, walls, roofs, stairs, ceilings, floors, floor coverings, wall coverings, doors, hardware, sidewalks, streets, and auxiliary facilities or equipment. Also provides project management for small renovations and semi-large projects. Requested services not covered by Executive Order No.847 are available under a cost recovery process.

Paint Shop

With over 2 million square feet of buildings on campus, there is a lot of painting to do. The painters prime and finish offices, corridors, classrooms, and interiors of the buildings. They also paint road and parking lot striping and markings. It is their goal to clean, protect and make everything look fresh and bright for you.

Ordering Paint & Painting