Includes: exterior pest control, heavy equipment, irrigation, landscaping, paving, playground repair, portable moving, tree trimming and service, weed control.
Byron Booker, Manager (24 years with District, 3 years as manager)
Craft shops include Heavy Equipment Operators; Landscape Maintenance; Exterior Pest Control; Irrigation; Inspection; Water Resources; and Portable Movers/Maintenance & Playground Maintenance and Repair (single shop).
The Department is charged with maintaining the appearance, safety, and pest control of all APS grounds and athletic fields. While most of the work focuses on irrigation, weed control, and mowing of the District’s 117 athletic fields (up from 111 last year), the grounds technicians are also responsible for 40+ acres consisting of one or more of the following: ornamental native grasses, lawns, irrigated trees, bushes and shrubs, and other vegetation. The Department is also responsible for asphalt and paved surfaces as well as keeping all playground equipment in good repair.
In total, personnel increased by three, as the Portable Moving/Maintenance Shop was moved from the Facilities Design + Construction Division to the Grounds Department. However, as permanent structures are replacing the number of portable classrooms and the need for moving portables is reduced, these technicians are grouped with the Playground Shop where they are assigned with the inspection, maintenance, and repair of playground equipment when not moving portables.
Currently, all tasks that can be performed proactively are. The Department has increased its number of PM work orders from just 11 in 2009 to 825 by the end of 2010 fiscal year.
Expanded role of Saturday Community service people
The individuals (approximately 40-60) sentenced by Metropolitan Court to provide community service to remove trash from the joint-use fields APS shares with the City of Albuquerque, have been trained to now also weed and provide surface maintenance on playgrounds.
Moved weed removal at elementary schools in-house
During summer months, APS grounds technicians remove weeds at all elementary schools’ high visible areas, such as campus entrances.
Note: All Middle and High Schools are maintained by designated grounds personnel year-round.
Moved six fields from independent to computerized central control system
Assumed portable maintenance and moving responsibility (previously under FD+C)
Added six new fields and three new playgrounds
With the District’s recent expansion of new high, middle, and elementary schools, as well as adding two new fields at two existing schools, the District’s athletic fields grew from 230 to 236 acres and playgrounds grew from 142 to 148 in the 2009-10 fiscal year. Over eight new acres of grounds were added, however the Department lost three grounds technicians and those positions have been eliminated.
Improved time to perform playground work
From 2007 to the 2009-10 fiscal year, the Playground Shop decreased the time to perform work orders by 73.9%. And in spite of the growing number of athletic fields and playgrounds, the number of work orders has decreased by 15.4% during this time period, due to the expanding PM program.
Added late spring fertilization
Now fertilize three times versus the previous twice a year to recover extra active use of fields and promote growth during the growing season.
Automated and increased mowing schedule
Mowing, 100% on a PM program, has grown substantially with the added fields, however, the Department now mows twice a week rather than the previous once a week.
Worked with FD+C to change the specs for new fields
New PM Program
PM programs (ongoing)
“We keep the wheels greased in the entire District.”
“We’re consistently evaluating and tweaking the PM program to get
-- BYRON BOOKER, MANAGER, GROUNDS
Status of 2009-10 Fiscal Year Goals