Landscaping

The Landscape Services department maintains Georgia Tech's commitment to a livable, sustainable and beautiful campus. A dedicated team of landscape professionals implement responsible processes and pursue sustainability certifications. The department's goal is to maintain an attractive and safe campus environment where students, faculty, staff and visitors can live, work and study in comfort.

Through the diligent work of the Landscape Services Department, in partnership with Tech's Capital Planning team, the campus achieved Level II Certified Arboretum for the first time in 2016 and most recently in April 2021. This level is recognized by both the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. 

The Landscape Services Department is responsible for the maintenance of Georgia Tech’s 426 acre campus. That acreage is divided as 312.5 acres of landscape, 3.5 acres of naturalized land and 110 acres of building footprints. The Landscape Services Department is charged with the maintenance of both the landscape and hardscape, including more than 13,000 trees on campus.

      - Learn more about our Campus Arboretum

      - Take one of our four Arboretum Tours

LANDSCAPE & GROUNDS MAINTENANCE REQUESTS

Do you have a need for Landscaping or Grounds support? Fill out our request form and we will get back to you ASAP. 

TREE CARE PLAN

This comprehensive plan sets direction for the management of our urban forest. Find out more here!

Environmental Grounds Certifications

 

PGMS Landscape Management Accreditation 

In 2015, Georgia Tech's Landscape Services department earned the prestigious PGMS 3 Star Landscape Management Accreditation, and then a Green Star Honors award for campus beauty. PGMS is the Professional Grounds Management Society, a nationally recognized organization that brings together grounds professionals in higher education institutions, park and recreation facilities, and more. In 2018, the department reached even higher and achieved a 4 Star Landscape Management Accreditation.

PGMS Landscape Management and Operations accreditation is a 3rd-party verified process that requires commitment across three categories: environmental stewardship, economic performance and social responsibility. The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation verifies and recognizes an integrated, environmental management systems approach applied to a grounds management.

Tree Campus Higher Education

Georgia Tech was an inaugural signatory of the Tree Campus USA program in 2008 and his since re-certified for a total of 13 years. A program of The Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA, now called Tree Campus Higher Education, helps colleges and universities establish healthy community forests. We have maintained our commitment on an annual basis through a dedicated tree care plan, supporting tree plantings and other student engagements at Tech Beautification Day and through a tree advisory committee that meets on a monthly basis. 

DEPARTMENT EVOLUTION

 

2018 - 2020: 
  • 4 Star Professional Grounds Management Society Accreditation
2015 - 2017:
  • 3 Star Professional Grounds Management Society Accreditation
2015:
  • Green Star Honors Award for Campus Beautification 
  • Georgia Urban Forest Council "President's Award" for The Georgia Tech Comprehensive Urban Campus Tree Inventory and Management project
  • PGMS Landscape Management and Operation Accreditation
2008:
  • Georgia Tech was an inaugural signatory of the Tree Campus USA program. 

steps with landscape personnel blowing leaves with landscape in background

 

PROFESSIONAL IN EVERY WAY

 

Georgia Tech's Landscape Services Department Includes: 
  • 2 Certified Arborists
  • 3 Horticulturist II
  • 8 Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicators Licenses, Category 24
  • 1 Facilities Support Service Manager
  • 1 Turf Maintenance Manager
  • Dedicated Tree Maintenance Crew
  • Emergency Action Teams (Severe Weather Events)

tech tower with daisies in foreground

Sustainable Grounds Management

Extensive green policies and procedures support our commitment to a healthy environment for people and planet.

 

Natural Mulching

Preserving our bio-load from landscaping activities and re-using that load on campus helps prevent the production of additional greenhouse gas emissions. When organic matter decomposes in an anaerobic environment, methane is produced. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gas emissions, being 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide across a 100 year time period. 

​Leaf Management and Re-Use

With over 13,000 trees on campus, many that are deciduous, leaf management at Georgia Tech is challenging. To keep our walkways and bike paths clean and safe we utilize a combination of giant Versa-Vacs and several smaller vacuums. During leaf season we collect 3-4 loads of leaf material, per week, at 60 cubic yards per load. These leaves are taken to a site at the edge of campus where they are composted to the point that the material can be used for mulch or soil amendments. 

Mulching Mowers

All mowers in our department are "mulching mowers". This means that they are equipped with discharge plates, mulching baffles and mulching blades. These pieces work together to ensure proper placement of clippings. By mulching all turf on campus, we eliminate a large amount of organic waste from the landfill while providing moisture and a natural fertilizer for the turf areas. 

Wood

Our tree maintenance crew captures all wood from our maintenance and removal operations. Some of the wood logs are saved and re-used in building structures, where possible.  We also require any outside contractors to leave their chips on campus. All wood chips are used on campus as healthy mulch for our smaller shrubs and beds. We estimate that this practice keeps 600-700 yards of wood chips on campus and out of the landfill. 

 

Irrigation & Stormwater Management

 

Rain Gardens

The construction of the Klaus building in 2007 resulted in the installation of the first significant rain garden on the Georgia Tech Campus. This project also included reforestation as part of campus sustainability initiatives. Rain gardens are also located behind Boggs Chemistry, behind Laser Lab, EBB/EcoCommons and at the Carbon Neutral Building.

Smart Irrigation with Water Recycling, Calsense and Toro

Thirty three percent of our irrigation water use is from cisterns and wells. We have set a goal to increase that number to 50% on all new construction projects.  We utilize two irrigation management technologies - Calsense and Toro. This irrigation system can be remotely controlled when needed.

 

 

Klaus raingarden is one of four on campus.

Klaus raingarden is one of four on campus.

LANDSCAPE SERVICES CONTACTS

General Landscape Issues:


(Interim) Associate Director
Sam Evans III
sel76@gatech.edu
Main Number
404-894-3980

Operations Manager Horticulture
Neil Fuller 
nfuller7@gatech.edu / 404-825-8610

East Campus - Joe Laneve
joseph.laneve@facilities.gatech.edu

West Campus - Dhaneish Ramdin 
dramdin3@gatech.edu

Turf Maintenance Manager
Clayton Patterson
cpatterson38@gatech.edu / 404-825-0914

Facilities Support Services Manager
Marvelous Bonner
mbonner8@gatech.edu / 470-428-0793

Kendeda Horticulturalist II
Steve Place
splace3@gatech.edu / 470-428-0801

Lead Tree Surgeon
Quentin Holden
qholden3@gatech.edu / 404-218-8284

Administrative Professional Senior
Karmen Jordan
karmen.jordan@facilities.gatech.edu / 404-894-3980

 

Inclement Weather: Campus Closed for Inclement Weather? Call our Command Center: 404-385-2697