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    Physical Plant

  • Physical Plant

    The Lee University Physical Plant is located in the Pressley Maintenance Building on Barnes Street. The building is named for Arthur Pressley, a former, revered Physical Plant Director.

    Our mission is to enhance the experience of Lee University students, employees, and visitors by providing the highest level of maintenance and service to the campus grounds, buildings, and events. We accomplish this by maintaining a positive attitude and a clear vision of our purpose to serve, always remembering our actions and service influences and affects others.

    Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.
    1 Corinthians 15:58

    The Physical Plant Team insures the cleanliness and functionality of all campus buildings, maintains the campus grounds, works on energy conservation and recycling, and provides setups for special events. Please contact us via the email link below for requests or questions.

    Waste Stream Analysis

    Art Department (click to expand)

    The Lee University Art Department has converted to oil-based paints to inhibit the use of mineral spirits and other harsh chemicals. The clay and glaze material used in ceramics are recycled and do not have an adverse effect on the environment.

    Athletics

    The McKenzie Athletic Training Facility uses Stericycle, a local company licensed for the safe removal of bio hazard waste, to maintain all sharps and biohazard material containers.

    Lee Dining Services

    Sodexo understands the importance of a sustainable environment. As a result, we have put together a Sustainability Committee, that has created policies and programs that highlight our ongoing commitment to a sustainable environment. Sodexo has designed innovative kitchen and dining hall management systems to reduce the amount of energy and water used in food storage and preparation, and to minimize waste. We provide programs to recycle and compost waste from food service operations, reduce the use of chemicals in dishwashing and cleaning, and work with our suppliers to minimize packaging. We also offer incentives for our customers to use reusable products and offer disposable products that have less environmental impact than their conventional counterparts, such as those manufactured using less petroleum or that are biodegradable. Sodexo also supports the communities in which we do business, as well as providing fresher products through the purchase of locally grown foods. Our commitment means working with 6,000 businesses and a network of more than 600 farmers across the country. In most of the kitchens we operate across North America, more than half of the produce we serve in-season is locally grown.

    In addition to using fresh, seasonal, and locally grown foods, Sodexo also uses ethical and responsible sourcing practices that support community development and help move the food sector onto a sustainable path. These include purchasing foods that are:

    • Organically grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
    • Humanely raised in ways that protect the health and well-being of livestock and minimize the use of antibiotics and other chemicals
    • Sustainably caught from properly managed wild fisheries and aquaculture facilities operated to protect natural fish populations and the surrounding environment
    • Fairly traded and contribute to an improved quality of life in agricultural regions
    • Sustainably grown using agricultural practices that protect natural habitat, conserve energy, restore soil health, and protect water quality

    We also partner with vendors such as Griffin Industries which manages our restaurant grease recycling program, reclaiming our used oil into a host of value-added product streams.

    Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

    The procedures for handling chemical and biological waste may vary, depending on the nature of the experiment. Any chemical waste considered hazardous or toxic does not enter the drainage system, but instead is logged and stored for removal by our chemical waste removal company, MKC Enterprises, Inc. Bio hazardous materials are first autoclaved for sterilization and then stored until removed by Stericycle, Inc.

    Information Technology

    Printers, monitors, peripheral pieces, computers, laptops, and hard drives are destroyed or recycled in strict accordance with local, state, and federal legislation. Hard drives that pass the DOD (Department of Defense) wipe of the data are put back to factory specifications and considered refurbished. Most drives, however, do not meet this standard, and are physically destroyed. The company we use is Scott Computer & Recycling, who operates as a Zero Landfill Facility.

    Physical Plant

    Light Bulbs and Batteries
    Recyclable materials, including but not limited to, fluorescent bulbs, metal halide bulbs, high pressure sodium bulbs, PCB ballasts, non-PCP ballasts, lithium batteries, NICAD batteries, lead acid batteries, mercury thermostats, and capacitors are collected and packed in certified containers appropriate to the specific material, and shipped to certified recycling companies who provide a record of receipt and material tracking. Our current vendors for lighting and batteries are Southeast Recycling and Batteries Plus.

    Freon
    It is necessary to recover Freon when an HVAC system is in need of repair. The Freon is removed via a recovery machine, and placed into a certified container until it is reintroduced to the repaired system, or taken to a recovery facility for processing.

    Paint
    The procedures for handling water based latex and oil based products vary depending on the nature of the job clean up. Water based product is flushed from the tool or container with clean water, with the intent to store usable product in a properly labeled, approved container for later use. Oil based product is removed from the tool or container with a product such as mineral spirits, and collected and sealed in a container for disposal by our chemical waste removal company, MKC, Enterprises, Inc.

    Cooking Grease
    The removal of cooking grease from our campus dining facilities is done by On Site Environmental, a licensed waste removal company, on a regular basis. The schedule varies depending on the size of the recycle container. The main dining facility, Deacon Jones Dining Hall, is scheduled for Quarterly removal while all retail locations are on a monthly schedule. The waste removed is processed at a licensed facility by the contractor.