“To provide quality operational and maintenance activities as cost
effectively as possible and to respond to service requests from our
customers in a timely fashion in order to preserve facilities for
future use by employees, visitors, and citizens.”
9, 2003, the responsibilities of the Building Services Division was
transferred to this Department. Prior to that time, the Department
of Facilities Management performed Maintenance of County-owned
buildings and facilities.
Activities of the Division include
building services, facilities management, capital improvements,
custodial services, grounds maintenance, building security, space
utilization, utilities, asset management and loss prevention for
approximately 756,000 square feet of facilities.
The main objective of the Building Services Division of the
Department of Public Works & Transportation is to ensure that all
County-maintained building projects are being constructed and
maintained according to the latest technologies and at reasonable
costs. The Facilities Division is responsible for all aspects of the
County’s buildings and grounds. Responsibilities include building
maintenance, capital / non-capital improvement, custodial services,
facilities management, grounds maintenance, building security, space
utilization, utilities, asset management and loss prevention. We
also clean, maintain and make capital building improvements. The
Building Services Division employs 13 full-time employees. and also
utilizes local contractors to provide support to employees. At the
onset of calendar year 2004, this Division provides grounds and
buildings maintenance and custodial services for about 90 County
buildings / facilities encompassing 755,905 square feet . These
buildings must remain safe, healthy, accessible, and conform to all
current codes and health / safety requirements. Division personnel
are also on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to
emergency situations. The Division strives to meet the increasing
demands of aging / historic / new buildings, increased building
inventory, more complex building systems and higher material / labor
costs within the fiscal constraints approved for operations.
Building Services maintains all of the County owned and/or leased
facilities which include: 29 major buildings; 52 minor buildings;
and 9 incidental facilities. Activities include janitorial services,
carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and painting repairs, and utility
costs for all buildings maintained by or reimbursed to the County.
Additionally, over 28,350 square feet of sidewalk, 6 STS bus
shelters, 18 emergency generators, and airport / airfield lighting
are administered through this Division. Effective November 20, 2006,
the Division of Building Services will conduct the required Fire and
Evacuation Drills in all County Buildings. Building Services has
developed a schedule and will conduct two unannounced Fire Drills
per year in each building. Refer to the attached Fire Drill
Procedures for additional information.
functions of the Building Services Division are :
• To plan,
monitor and maintain all buildings and incidental structures that
have been entrusted to the Department. • To ensure that all fiscal
requirements for the proper maintenance of these facilities are
• To monitor, coordinate and effect corrective
system upgrades / repairs based on available funding.
coordinate with building clients users with respect to incidental
work order and space needs requests.
• To prioritize preventive and
programmatic repair programs for all county-maintained buildings.
To provide technical evaluations of new building and renovation
designs undertaken by consultants.
• To coordinate maintenance
programs with lease requirements identified by the Real Property
• To perform life cycle and conditions assessments and
report deficiencies in building and infrastructure.
• To supervise
certain building project and offer professional recommendations on
• To provide technical advice to all
Government department and agencies.
the intent of the Commissioners of St. Mary's County
to allow non-profit groups, local units of government, and county
residents use of available public meeting areas, buildings and
grounds whenever feasible, provided the use presents no
maintenance problems and presents no additional liability to the
County. Permission to use County buildings, facilities and public
areas of the County shall be requested by completing a Facility
Rental Contract and
The authorized user shall be
responsible for all clean up following the conclusion of the
meeting. If custodial services are required after conclusion of an
event, the costs for this service will be borne by the user.
Permission to use a County facility or land is limited to the
approved room(s) or space described in the Contract, which all users
shall be required to execute. The Lessor may also require the
approval and/or review by the Building Services, Recreation & Parks
or Risk Management Divisions of the County.