Facilities Management Battles Snow, Ice Removal in February

By Caitlin Burns | March 2, 2021


How does Arcadia’s Facilities Management Grounds and Maintenance personnel tackle storms that dump nearly three feet of snow on campus? With 160 tons of bulk rock salt and the unparalleled dedication of staff members. 

Facilities Management Grounds and Maintenance personnel worked countless hours, day and night, plowing and hand-shoveling all on-campus and off-campus properties. A total of 1,000 bags of rock salt were mechanically and manually spread after the storms for protection against ice accumulation to insure safe vehicular and pedestrian travel on the University’s roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. Cleanup and tidying up campus roads, parking lots, and sidewalks continue as the last storm finished up less than two days ago. 
Associate Vice President of Facilities Tom Macchi commended the Grounds and Maintenance Department for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Arcadia Community during these difficult and taxing long duration events. He also noted and praised the efforts of several housekeeping staff members who, recognizing that it would be impossible to come to work during the recent two-day storm, packed overnight bags and stayed on campus throughout the storm to make sure the cleaning and disinfecting of occupied resident halls continued. 
“These services are vital and necessary for all campus residents and community members who use and access campus,” said Macchi. “Needless to say, the Facilities Staff is looking forward to spring, but we’re still keeping an eye out for any March storms. We prepare for any eventuality. We also want to share a note of gratitude to all of the student-athletes that volunteered their time to help shovel the Dome. We really appreciate all of their hard work and efforts.”