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Physical Plant

Physical Plant

The Physical Plant strives for excellence in providing the best possible customer service to students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to enhancing credibility, staff morale, and accountability. We take great pride in meeting the daily challenges of maintaining all facilities in a manner that supports and enhances the mission of the University. The Physical Plant consists of hardworking, dedicated, and committed leadership and employees working in unity. Every employee, no matter what their responsibilities, makes important contributions to the University. We are a service oriented department committed to providing quality workmanship, goods, and service. The Physical Plant consists of many different departments that help in the overall logics of the Campus. The departments that come under the Physical Plant are Maintenance, Grounds, Custodial, Surplus, Motor Pool, and A&E Services. Our goal is to assist the Langston Community in an expeditious courtesy manner.


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Grounds Services

The Grounds Services team maintains all Langston University campus landscapes with more than 110 years of history and memories for generations of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Grounds Services is responsible for developing and maintaining aesthetically pleasing and safe campus grounds with an emphasis on diverse flora in a park-like setting. The grounds department maintains 101 acres of lawn and annual and perennial beds, 12 miles of sidewalk, and 28 parking lots. The department is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Lawn maintenance
  • Tree and shrub planting care
  • Annual and perennial flower bed installation and maintenance
  • Site furniture placement and maintenance (benches, signs, trash receptacles, ash urns, etc.
  • Litter and waste control and removal
  • Sidewalk care and maintenance
  • Landscaping planning and design
  • Landscape construction
  • Athletic field maintenance
  • Irrigation installation and maintenance
  • Snow removal from all sidewalks and parking lots

Kelton Hayes (466-3359) oversees the grounds operation. He has 4 fulltime staff members, and 1 LTE that help maintain the campus grounds.

Custodial Services

One of the single most important factors influencing most prospective students’ decision to accept admission into a University? It is the appearance of the campus, according to a recent survey by the Carnegie Foundation. That’s one reason why the work of the Custodial staff is so important—it helps the University gain and retain students. With responsibility for cleaning more than 1.3 million square feet in more than 35 buildings on the Langston University campus every day, we have a tremendous responsibility in maintaining and supporting the campus environment. Our goal is to provide cleaning services in a cost effective, efficient, and environmentally sound manner. We work hard to maintain a clean, safe, comfortable atmosphere so that students and other building occupants have the best possible environment in which to safely learn and work. Professional Conduct We view each member of the campus community as a colleague who is accountable for his or her own work and his or her assigned area of responsibility. We make every attempt to respect privacy and professional boundaries. We also acknowledge that each of our campus facilities is different—structurally, of course, but also in the character created by the students, faculty, staff, and programs unique to each. All are vital components of the mix that characterizes each building and its needs. We conduct our business as professionals who are always striving to improve our methods, approaches, and services. We have a challenging job, and using our equipment and chemicals safely and effectively requires a great deal of training and specialized knowledge. Requesting ServicesTo request services please complete a work order. For emergency services during business hours (Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm), call Facility Services at 405-466-3359. For after-hours emergencies, call 405-466-3366.

Surplus Services

The Langston University Surplus Property Office processes items from the Langston University Campus and other state organizations to sell to the public. The Surplus Property Office also donates to charities and non-profit groups, recycles and otherwise functions as a means of disposal for property that the university no longer uses.


The purpose of Building Maintenance Operations is to preserve University assets and to support the University's mission. The staff is a mix of multi-talented, multi-skilled crafts personnel experienced in all areas of mechanical, electrical, and building systems. You may request Building Maintenance services by submitting a work request through our computerized maintenance management system or, in the case of emergency, by calling x3359. Inquiries about the status of work requests and project status may be addressed through the Work Control Center at 466-3359. Requestors who submit work requests electronically will automatically receive notice by e-mail of any change in work order status. Hours of Operation: Weekdays 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—fully staffed Weekends—no standard coverage After Hours Emergencies:Minimal Maintenance coverage is available for emergencies after regular business hours. To report an after-hours emergency, contact Campus Police Services at x3366.

Motor Pool

The purpose of this Policy and Procedure Letter is to inform University Personnel of the services available through the Langston University Motor Pool Services and the procedures to use in requesting Motor Pool services. Langston University Motor Pool Services is administered by the Langston University Physical Plant through the Office of Fiscal Affairs and the Office of the President.

A&E Services

The Architectural and Engineering department provides design and estimate services, as needed by the University. The design team assists with selection of consultants and other outside design consultants where needed. The Design Team is instrumental in the Campus Master Plan for facilities as it relates to the growth and development of all three Campus locations. The Design Team assists with programming of facilities for new construction as well as assist with renovation of existing facilities. All special requests for new construction or renovation design services must be approved by the Vice President for the division and funding for same must be identified prior to request for services via the Physical Plant Services Contract Manager’s Office.