About Us

The Building Services department consists of Custodial Services and Recycling & Solid Waste.

Mission

We support the University of Washington community with custodial, recycling and solid waste services and programs that promote a healthy, environmentally sustainable campus.

Vision

A leader in redefining cleaning and waste diversion, we will be recognized for the passion of our people and the advancement of our services to ensure that every space of every building elevates the health of our campus community and the sustainability of our environment.

Leadership Principles

Respect Every Individual: We will strive to create and sustain a culture where every person demonstrates a high level of respect and consideration for every other person. We will seek every every opportunity to interact with others respectfully.

Constancy of Purpose:Our management processes, work practices, and behaviors will be aligned with our mission, vision, and strategic objectives regardless of changes within the Department and UW. We will stick to our strategic direction.

Lead with Humility: Leaders must be humble so that our department can continue to learn and improve. We are willing to seek input, listen carefully, and continuously learn. We recognize that ideas can come from anywhere and that we can learn something new from anyone.

Click here for the complete BSD Leadership Principles document.

Strategy Map

See how the Building Services Strategy Map ties our department mission to the overall vision of the Facilities Services organization.

Organization Chart

Learn more about the Building Services structure by viewing the department Org Chart.

Department Initiatives

UW Building Services strives to be a world-class leader by continuously improving and refining processes. Some current initiatives include:

  • Lean Process
    Building Services is implementing Lean to gain efficiencies and eliminate redundencies in processes.
  • Balanced Scorecard
    The balanced scorecard is a framework that allows us to connect our mission and vision in a strategic approach that balances customer needs, financial resources, business processes, and developing staff.
  • 5S Process
    The Custodial Services 5S initiative ensures that custodial closets are consistently clean and organized, making the best use of space. See our project newsletters for more information.
       Issue 1 (project launch)
       Issue 2 (Maintaining Spaces)
       Issue 3 (A Mission of Clean)
       Issue 4 (Project Wrap-up)