The University of Iowa

Service Level B (Less Visible But Important Areas)

What to Expect:  This level of service is the majority of campus and includes areas of passive use by students and faculty such as open space and pedestrian circulation links between areas, Academic or Administrative buildings without historical or architectural significance but in prominent or visible locations, Interface between the university and the public is moderate such as borders.  This area includes large informal campus greens but should not command the full attention of users.  This area does not show shrub or seasonal flowerbeds; trees will be planted with a focus on educational value.  Turf grass should be healthy but not highly manicured, sidewalks will be edged.  Tree bases will be mulched.  Irrigation supplied on a need only basis - no mechanical irrigation.  Bike racks, benches, trash receptacles near sidewalks (landfill only, no exterior recycling),  trash picked up outside, exterior lighting provided on green spaces and buildings, exterior way finding signage, letters on each building.  Grounds work impacted by weather and seasonal impacts. Note:  Hours dedicated to tree maintenance preserves the U of Iowa’s Tree Campus USA designation.

Frequency Task
Daily Litter removal, debris removal at building entrances, garbage collection, snow removal and sand application on sidewalks, service drive and entrances as needed seasonally.
Weekly Debris removal in turf, grass mowed weekly within a 3 1/2'” -6” range.  Mowing schedule is dependent on season and weather (i.e. when grass growth slows in the fall, the mowing occurs less frequently).  Trimming done weekly. Weeding of shrub beds, weeding of perennial and annual flowerbeds (including flower deadheading and plant pinching) every week. Roof top gardens are inspected, Annual flower beds and planters (seasonal) watered 3 x per week.  Newly planted trees and shrubs (up to 2 years) watered weekly. Prune dead branches and remove dead plants once a month. Site furniture and amenities (building signs, tables, benches, bike racks and litter receptacles) are inspected weekly for stickers, graffiti and damage.
Annually An organic based turf program with small amounts of fertilizers and pesticides applied 5 x a year in some areas, aeration of turf. Roof top garden plants are replaced if necessary, sidewalk inspections, sidewalks repaired or replaced when unsafe conditions are present, tree inventory updated and replacements planned as necessary, tree inspection and pruning 2 x a year, leaves are removed in the fall, natural edging of beds and tree circles, mulch replacement, annuals planted, power washing of litter receptacles, update and review Grounds Master Plan.