Facilities Management

University of Colorado Boulder

Snow Removal

Facilities Management has primary responsibility for campus snow removal. Like the City of Boulder, we use magnesium chloride (in granular and liquid forms) for ice abatement. The majority of our resources are applied in order to open campus by 8 a.m. on snow days. 

Contact Information

For immediate concerns, please contact the Facilities Management Service Center, 24 hours a day, at 303-492-5522.

If you have been in an accident, please contact the University Police Department at 303-492-6666.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of snow and/or ice, please contact University Risk Management | University of Colorado or 303-860-5682.

Campus Closures

In extreme situations the members of the Snow Removal committee in collaboration with the University Police Chief, may recommend a campus closure. The final decision to close campus is made by the Chancellor. When possible, this decision is announced prior to 5:30 a.m.

For recorded information regarding potential campus closures, please call 303-492-4636 or visit Campus Closures | Safety Resources.

Departmental Roles

Facilities Management

Facilities Management provides leadership and coordinates campus snow removal efforts. Within Facilities Management, the Outdoor Services and Environmental Services divisions carry the main responsibility for snow removal and ice abatement. The Trade Shops provide additional support for major snow events.

Facilities Management is responsible for snow removal and ice abatement from all general fund areas on both Main and East campus. These areas include most campus streets, sidewalks and building entries. The Outdoor Services division provides all of the equipment operators and performs about half of the shoveling during the day. The Campus Building Services division provides about half of the hand shoveling during the day and all of the night time shoveling.

In addition, Outdoor Services provides snow removal and ice abatement for Research Park and Grandview Terrace under separate service agreements.

Comments or questions can be sent to Don Inglis, Outdoor Services Manager for Facilities Management Operations.

Parking and Transportation Services

Parking and Transportation Services is responsible for snow removal and ice abatement in the parking facilities they manage, including all permit and/or metered surface lots, as well as, parking structures. Snow removal is performed with its own resources, support from Facilities Management, and private vendors.

Comments or questions can be sent to Shauna Atkins, Facilities Operations Manager for Parking and Transportation Services.


The Athletics Department performs snow removal inside of Folsom Stadium and from Kittredge Fields. Facilities Management provides snow removal services as requested for scheduled events at the Coors Events Center.

Housing and Dining Services

Housing Maintenance is responsible for snow removal and ice abatement from the sidewalks, parking lots, loading docks and some streets within Residence hall and Family Housing areas.

Comments or questions can be sent to Fernando Compean, Grounds Supervisor for Housing Facilities Services.

Risk Management

University Risk Management actively participates in the campus snow removal committee, including loss prevention consultation, ergonomics and related training, claims management, and accident investigation.

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Division will provide support and coordination to other campus departments during significant or extreme winter weather events. Emergency Management assists with public information, resource support, situational awareness, and coordination with campus partners, such as the city of Boulder.

For information, please visit www.Colorado.edu/EmergencyManagement or email Stuart Pike, Director for Special Events and Emergency Management Division, CUPD.

Accessibility Issues

The campus recognizes its responsibility to insure accessibility to persons who have special accommodation needs. This is best accomplished by identifying your needs to either Disability Services | University of Colorado at Boulder or Michael Roseberry, ADA Coordinator, at 303-492-1334, or via email to HR-ADA@colorado.edu. Disability Services front office number is 303-492-8671 or email dsinfo@colorado.edu. Your information will then be forwarded to Don Inglis, Campus Snow Marshall.

Each semester, a meeting is held to identify the routes of travel used by those with special mobility needs.

Outdoor Services will make every possible effort to accommodate your needs. If you experience a specific problem, call the Facilities Management Service Center at 303-492-5522 and a staff member will be dispatched to address the situation promptly.

Equipment and Materials

Outdoor Services utilizes a variety of equipment for snow removal including plows, skid-steers, front end loader, blowers, material spreaders, liquid anti-icing spray applicators and sweepers for post-storm cleanup.

Outdoor Services has a purchasing agreement with the City of Boulder’s Transportation Department to purchase magnesium chloride and Ice Slicer. These materials are applied to asphalt and concrete surfaces to prevent or reduce the buildup of snow and ice. In some instances, a sand/salt mixture is applied. In an effort to minimize the negative impact on air quality, the amount of sand being used on campus has been reduced. Calcium chloride and Ice Slicer is used at building entries by campus hand shoveling teams.

How to Request a Service

For concerns or questions regarding snow removal, please contact the Service Center at 303-492-5522.