Grounds Department - NIU - Facilities Management & Campus Services

Grounds Department

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Grounds Department

NIU Grounds is responsible for the overall maintenance of the NIU main campus to provide an attractive, enjoyable, and safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Grounds Maintenance

  • Control of litter and coordination of trash receptacle pickup
  • Cleaning of streets, sidewalks, and parking lots
  • Paving and patching of streets
  • Maintenance of athletic fields

Landscape Maintenance

  • Maintenance of lawns and plant material (including mowing, trimming, and weeding)
  • Replacing trees, shrubs and flowers
  • Landscaping
  • Fertilizing
  • Exterior pest control
  • Irrigation
  • Greenhouse services

Landscape Construction

Planting, removing and replacing trees, shrubs and flowers, and sitework including sodding, seeding and renovation of turf.

Snow/Ice Removal

Snow and ice removal for sidewalks, roads, delivery and unloading zones, and parking lots.

  • Note: Generally, the Building Services Department (815-753-1147) is responsible for snow removal from building entrances up to approximately 10 feet from the building entrance or to the main walkway.

Other Services

  • Special campus events held on NIU grounds
  • Special events held on NIU grounds by various organizations
  • Support services for NIU craft and other NIU service departments
  • Provision of barricades, fencing, and trash barrels

Contact Information

  • Phone:
    (815) 753-1479 
  • Fax: 
    (815) 753-6290
    Attn: Grounds Department 
  • E-Mail:

For special events, please fill out the Event Support Request form.