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Facilities Management / Our Mission … .. .

The Facilities Management Department of The State University of New York / Purchase College is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of all existing college facilities. The Department of Facilities Management is a service organization. Our mission is to enable the college to carry out its overall mission by continually improving the quality of our services to meet our customer’s needs. From custodial operations, repairing building systems and providing heat and air conditioning, to providing expertise on the design and construction of new buildings, the department is deeply involved in the life and mission of Purchase College.

We encourage and appreciate your feedback regarding the services we provide: please drop us a note. It is your input that allows us to continually improve our service to you!


Steven P. Dorso

Interim Director of Facilities Management


Steven Dorso

Associate Director of Facilities Management


Michael Armida

Assistant Director of Mechanical Systems


Octavio DaEira

Assistant Director of Buildings, Grounds, & Maintenance


Thomas Kelly

Senior Energy Manager


Corey Dawkins

Facilities Business Manager, Quality Assurance / Quality Control Specialist


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Department Overview … .. .

The Department of Facilities Management is responsible for the overall maintenance and operation of all academic and residential facilities totaling over two (2) million square feet of building space. The Department is also responsible for over five hundred (500) acres of campus grounds.

Custodial Department

The Custodial Department is responsible for the general cleaning of approximately 2 million square feet on a daily basis. The Custodial Department consists of 63 employees in total. Some of the routine tasks we perform daily are office, restroom, laboratory, public areas, building entrances and classroom cleaning. Other tasks such as stairwells and general floor care are part of their responsibility. Some other services provided are as follows:

  • Recycling & Trash removal
  • Annual stripping and refinishing of floors
  • Snow removal from building entrances
  • Special Event setups and break down
  • Reporting maintenance deficiencies on a routine basis
  • Re-lamping of light fixtures up to 8 feet
  • Carpet cleaning.
  • Commencement activities

The majority of Custodial services are performed during the hours of 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Custodial Services Manager

Lexer Bedon, Head Custodian

Tel: (914) 251-6930

Custodial Cleaning Procedures

The campus custodial and building services department is under the direct supervision of the Head Custodian who reports to John Byrnes, Custodial and Grounds Manager.

The custodial department staff is divided into five separate groups; each group has a Supervising Janitor who reports directly to the Head Custodian. The Supervising Janitor is responsible for a group of buildings and supervises a staff of janitors and cleaners. The Supervising Janitors and their areas of responsibility are listed below:

Randy Bologna

Group 1 – Library, Phys Ed, Children’s Center, Print Shop, Mailroom, Publications,

Student Services Book Store


Grace Abarca

Group 2 – Administration, CCN, Human Resources, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences


Arthur Civitella

Group 3 – Visual Arts, Service Group, Butler-Student Center, Dance-LIU, PAC, Music


Radoslaw Mosiej

Group 4 – Residence Halls, Outback, Phase 1 Apts, Phase 2 Apts, Alumni Village

Fort Awesome, CCS


Maury Blige (Night Shift)

Group 5 – Humanities, Dance, Visual Arts, Natural Sciences


Structural Department 

The Structural Department has 1 mason, 1 general mechanic, 1 roofer, 1 locksmith, and 4 maintenance assistants. Together they maintain all academic facilities for a total of 1.5 million sq/ft. Specific duties provided in support of the college are as follows:

  • Repair and replacement of doors & locks
  • Key control 
  • Repair and rebuild wooden benches
  • Boarding up of broken window (Interior and Exterior)
  • Floor tile installation
  • Drywall repair
  • Ceiling repair and installation
  • Small new construction projects
  • Installation of book shelves
  • Commencement activities

The majority of the Structural shop services are performed during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Maintenance Supervisor Structural

Hugo Reyes

Tel: (914) 251-6942 

In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920 8am – 4:30pm

(914) 251-6928 after 4:30pm

Electrical Department

The Electric shop is responsible for the maintenance and repair of electrical systems on Main Campus and Beechwood residence. The shop works on all electrical systems operating on 480/277 and 208/120 volts. Specific duties provided in support of the College are as follows:

  • Responsible for interior and exterior building lighting
  • Replacement of receptacles and switches
  • Repair and replace motion detection lighting systems
  • Maintain and install lighting control system for lecture halls
  • Assists when required by the HVAC shop in trouble shooting motor controllers and transformers
  • Provide electrical installation during small renovations and upon request by departments
  • Maintain building electrical distribution panels for 277/120 volts
  • Support campus events
  • Maintain electrical supply system to handicap doors
  • Commencement activities

The majority of the Electrical shops services are performed during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday

Electrical Maintenance

Lloyd Roberts, Electrical Supervisor

Tel: (914) 251-6948

In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920 / 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

(914) 251-6928 / after 4:30 pm

Grounds Department

The Grounds Department is responsible for the overall appearance and maintenance of the Campus roads and Grounds encompassing the Main Campus, and including off site properties. The college is established on 500+ acres of land with 4 miles of roads, 6 miles of walks and 100 acres in malls and plazas. There is 200 acres comprised of grass area and 200 in wooded area. It is the goal of our department to enhance the college experience for the Students Faculty and Staff by maintaining a clean and safe environment. Specific duties provided in support of the college are as follows:

Maintain all horticultural materials such as, turf, trees, evergreens, shrubs, vines, ground covers and flowering plants

  • Watering trees, shrubs and flowerbeds
  • Shrub pruning and tree trimming
  • Collecting and disposal of leaves
  • Maintenance of storm drains
  • Maintenance of irrigation systems
  • Maintenance of fire hydrants
  • Install Special Event Signage
  • Litter and debris control
  • Snow and ice removal
  • Commencement activities


Day of Week Area Maintained 

Monday -- Phase-1 Apts., Phase-2 Apts., Dance, Soc Sci & Nat Sci

Tuesday -- Residence Halls, Plaza Area (Great Lawn), Beechwood

Wednesday -- Administration Complex, Butler & Visual Arts

Wednesday – Thursday -- Brigid Flanagan Drive, Front Entrance, PAC Lawn

Thursday – Friday -- Athletic Fields

Friday -- Lincoln Avenue

Note: Above schedule may need to be adjusted due to inclement weather, campus events and unforeseen emergencies.

The majority of Grounds Shop services are performed during the hours of 7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Ground Manager

George Halliday, Grounds Supervisor

Tel: (914)251-6929

In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920 8am – 4:30pm

(914) 251-6928 after 4:30pm

Plant Utilities Operations

The Plant Utilities Operations and Maintenance Department operates a 130 million BTU capacity heating plant and a 3000 ton capacity chilled water plant. They also operate and maintain various satellite boilers and air-conditioning equipment to provide all heating, hot water and cooling requirements of the campus. The department is also responsible for monitoring and operation of the Siemens energy management system.

The heating plant is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all HTHW generators and associated equipment on campus. The HTHW system provides the heating and domestic hot water requirements for all academic and residential facilities except for Outback, Alumni Village, Beechwood, and Butler Building & Administration Complex. The heating plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Outback and Alumni Village have individual gas fired boilers. The Administration Complex and Beechwood have satellite boilers and fuel storage tanks that require no. 2 fuel oil for operation. The Butler Building (student center) has electric heat only and the Children’s Center is equipped with two heat pumps that provide heating and cooling for that facility. Plant personnel are responsible for scheduling fuel oil deliveries and for the daily inspection, operation and maintenance of all HVAC equipment for these facilities.

The chiller plant is located at the Lincoln avenue underpass. The plant provides the air-conditioning needs of all academic buildings. The chiller plant operates in the cooling season only from Mid April to Mid October. Plant Utilities personnel operate and monitor all chiller equipment and are responsible for scheduling annual maintenance with outside contractors. Plant engineers and assistant engineers are also responsible for annual maintenance of the cooling tower and its associated equipment. The cooling tower is located behind the Physical Education building.

Specific duties provided in support of the College are as follows:

  • Operate all main heating, cooling and auxiliary equipment
  • Conduct daily inspections of all mechanical systems
  • Coordinate repairs and preventative maintenance
  • Operate and maintain boilers during emergency conditions
  • Keep records of repairs and preventative maintenance on all critical equipment
  • Maintain daily log of activities
  • Coordinate upgrades and repairs Siemens service technicians

Michael Armida, Assistant Director of Mechanical Systems Tel: (914) 251-6924/ (Mon - Fri) 8:00 am - 4:30pm

Henryk Konys, Plant Utilities Engineer 3 Tel: (914) 251-6947 / (Mon – Fri) 8:00am - 4:30pm

Jamie Caiado, Plant Utilities Engineer 2 Tel: (914) 251-5917 / (Mon-Fri) 8:00am - 4:30pm

In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920 / (Mon-Fri) 8:00 am-4:30 pm

PLANT Tel: (914) 251-6928 (24hrs / day : 7days / week)

HVAC Department

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is responsible to provide a comfortable environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors by maintaining and controlling building HVAC equipment including fan units, pumps, motors, preheat & reheat coils, mixing boxes, thermostats, control valves, dampers, piping and insulation. The HVAC department is primarily responsible for heating and cooling systems in academic buildings but do provide services to residential facilities when required.

HVAC Department Director

Michael Armida

(914) 251-6924

Maintenance Supervisor - HVAC & Plumbing

Gary Cataneo, Maintenance Supervisor - Plumbing & HVAC

(914) 251-6928

In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920

Other staff include the following:

John Timpano – Refrigeration Mechanic

Miguel Arquinio – General Mechanic

Jaime E. Caiado - General Mechanic

Jose Diaz – General Mechanic

Specific duties provided in support of the college are as follows:

  • Maintenance and repair of all air handling equipment
  • Replace air filters
  • Lubricate bearings
  • Change Belts
  • Repair heating and cooling coils
  • Calibrate thermostats
  • Schedule repairs for variable frequency drives
  • Monitoring of HVAC control systems
  • Respond to all hot and cold complaints and adjust discharge temperatures
  • Maintenance and repair of all refrigeration equipment under 20 tons.
  • Supervise and monitor all HVAC contractors
  • Order supplies and materials equipment repairs.

The Majority of the HVAC shop services are performed during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday.

Residential Facilities Operations

Residential Facilities Operations is responsible for coordination of all maintenance and repairs for over 500,000 square feet of residential space. This includes the Residence Halls (Big Haus, Crossroads, Farside) , Outback, Phase 1 Apts. (The Olde), Phase 2 Apts. (The Commons), and Alumni Village.

The department includes two staff assistants that report directly to the Director and are responsible for coordinating all maintenance and repair activities, including work request, resident complaints and room inspections. The department also coordinates move in and move out activities with the Office of Residence Life (ORL) at the beginning and end of each semester. Other responsibilities include room damage assessment and charge backs for repairs to student rooms.

The department also has a staff of maintenance workers which includes: 4 general mechanics, 1 carpenter, and 1 maintenance assistant. The staff is disbursed in the following manner:

Residence Halls & Outback Dormitories – 1 General Mechanic & 1 Carpenter

Phase-1 Apartments – 1 General Mechanic

Phase-2 Apartments – 1 General Mechanic

Alumni Village – 1 General Mechanic

The Plumbing shop is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all academic and residential facilities. At the departments request we will assist in the repair and installations of plumbing related departmental equipment. Specific duties provided in support of the college are as follows:

  • Maintenance, repair or replacement of rest room fixtures
  • Maintenance and repair to domestic hot and cold water systems
  • Maintenance and repair to the sanitary waste system and chemical waste systems in laboratories
  • Maintain chemical waste systems for laboratory
  • Maintenance of natural gas lines
  • Maintenance & Testing of fire suppression systems
  • Support campus events

The majority of the Plumbing shop services are performed during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday.


Corey Dawkins:Residence Facilities Management Iterim Director

Kiki Loiseau:Staff Assistant - RFM

Mike Tyler: Operations Manager - RFM

Wendell Brand: Maintenance Supervisor - RFM

Michael Lloyd: General Mechanic

Vincent Lanni: Maintenance Assistant

Angel Marrero: General Mechanic

Ozzie Mazzarri: General Mechanic

Antonio Contreras: General Mechanic

Ysidro Cespedes: General Mechanic


Contact Information:

Corey Dawkins, Residential Facilities Operations Interim Director

Tel: (914) 251-4463

Wendell Brand, Maintenance Supervisor - RFM

Tel: (914) 251-6322

Mike Tyler, Operations Manager - RFM

Tel: (914) 251-5944

In case of emergency call (914) 251-6920

Environmental Health & Safety

The Environmental Health & Safety Division provides consultation, assistance, enforcement and compliance of all governing codes including but not limited to, DEC, OSHA, NFPA, as well as the institutional policy on Right-to-Know and handling of hazardous materials. The department also coordinates the removal of hazardous materials by outside contractors.

Contact Information:

Edward Musal, Environmental Health & Safety Manager

Tel: (914) 251-6917 / (Mon – Fri) 8:00 am to 4:00 pm


Fire Safety

Fire Safety Inspections and Investigations

The Fire Safety Officer coordinates formal campus wide annual Fire Safety inspections with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC). The Fire Safety Officer works with the OFPC, University Police, and the Purchase Fire Department to investigate campus fires. The Fire Safety Officer is responsible for subsequent remediation of all fire safety violations cited by the NYS OFPC during their annual campus wide fire safety inspections.

Campus Fire Evacuation Procedures and Drills

The Fire Safety Officer maintains evacuation procedures for all campus buildings and conducts periodic fire drills in campus academic and administrative buildings. The Fire Safety Officer also works with the Office of Residence Life to ensure that successful Fire drills are conducted in all campus residential areas.

Campus Fire Evacuation Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: Why is it necessary to report to a muster area after evacuating a building? Does it really matter where we go as long as we get out of the building?

Answer: Meeting at a designated evacuation muster area is important because it enables rescue personnel to go to a single area and account for individuals who might not have made it out of the building, thereby enabling a more targeted search and rescue operation. If someone fails to muster at their assigned area, rescue personnel might receive information that someone may be inside the building, when in fact they are outside the building at another location

Campus Fire Evacuation Procedures / Per Building


Click on links below to view evacuation procedures for each building.


Administration Complex

Alumni Village

Bookstore and Post Office (and Central Stores)

Business Office Annex

Butler Building

Campus Center North

Campus Center North Guest Rooms

Campus Center South


Residence Halls

Facilities Management

Human Resources



Neuberger Museum

Music Conservatory

Natural Sciences

The Commons

The Olde Apartments

Performing Arts Center

Physical Education

PurcPurchase College Association

Student Services

Social Sciences

Visual Arts