Building Maintenance - Physical Plant - NIU Facilities Planning & Operations

Physical Plant

Building Maintenance

The Building Maintenance Department is responsible for the repair, maintenance and remodeling of buildings at the Northern Illinois University main campus. This area also provides services when requested by the Taft campus, the Hoffman Estates campus, the Rockford Center campus, and NIU-Naperville. A list of typical billable and maintenance services is available for reference.

The Building Maintenance department provides the following services:


Carpenter Shop

The Carpenter shop provides carpentry services including the following services:

  • repair and replacement of doors and door locks
  • repair and replacement of windows, glass and screens
  • repair, replacement, and installation of ceiling and floor tile
  • repair, constructing and assembling of furniture (including lock repairs)
  • mirror installation and replacement
  • general carpentry maintenance services
  • repair of miscellaneous equipment
  • installation of signs
  • services for special events
  • remodeling
  • special projects

Electrical Shop

The Electrical shop provides electrical services including the following services:

  • repair and maintenance of all campus electricity distribution systems including transformers, substations, high-voltage lines, and emergency lighting and power systems.
  • repair and maintenance of security systems and fire alarms
  • repair and maintenance of outdoor and internal lighting (including replacement of light bulbs for light fixtures on ceilings over 8 feet in height)
  • installation, repair and maintenance of building automation systems
  • repair and maintenance of food service equipment
  • repair of miscellaneous equipment
  • repair and replacement of clocks
  • services for special events
  • preventative maintenance
  • remodeling

Elevator Repair

The Elevator Repair shop provides the following services:

  • repair and maintenance of passenger elevators
  • repair and maintenance of freight elevators
  • repair and maintenance of escalators
  • repair and maintenance of dumb waiters
  • repair and maintenance of stage lifts
  • repair and maintenance of handicap chair lifts
  • remodeling
  • yearly inspection and testing of elevators

Heat/Frost

The Heat/Frost shop provides the following services:

  • install, repair, and replace thermal insulation systems for all hot and cold applications to all variations of the mechanical systems being utilized on campus. This would include the following:
    • piping
    • pumps
    • ductwork
    • tanks
    • vessels
    • associated equipment of the mechanical infrastructure (steam, plumbing, chilled water, refrigeration, and HVAC applications)
  • install protective jacketing system insulation consisting of PVC, aluminum, stainless steel, and mastic with embedded glass mesh.

Key Control Shop

The Key Control shop provides the following services:

  • issuing of keys
  • creation of new cores and keys
  • recore, recombinate, replace and repair cores
  • replacement of lost and damaged keys
  • picking locks and unlocking of file cabinets
  • recombinate and fix safes
  • maintenance of computer program to ensure key combinations are not duplicated throughout NIU
  • install & repair proximity locks
  • programming of proximity locks

Contractors: to request a university key, please fill out the key authorization request form.

Key control policy for employees departing the university


Mason Shop

The Mason shop provides masonry services including the following services:

  • repair and maintenance of sidewalks and other concrete areas
  • repair and maintenance of wall and floor ceramic tile
  • repair and maintenance of plaster
  • tuckpointing
  • repair and maintenance of brick and stone
  • remodeling
  • re-caulking of precast panels and control joints on buildings
  • caulking and repair of sidewalks and decks (concrete to concrete)

Painters Shop

The Painters shop provides interior and exterior painting of the following:

  • classrooms, offices, residence hall rooms, public areas, doors and frames
  • drywall finishing
  • remodeling
  • floor finishing
  • graffiti removal
  • shop spray finishes

Plumbing Shop

The Plumbing shop is composed of plumbers, pipefitters and pipefitter/welders and provides services which include the following:

  • repair and maintenance of pipe and valve leaks
  • repair and maintenance of sinks and toilets
  • repair and maintenance of the steam, water distribution systems, compressed air, and sewer systems including storm water
  • preventative maintenance services to ensure that the steam which is generated by the Heating Plant is effectively and efficiently routed to all buildings
  • services to protect the public potable water supply served by the DeKalb Water Department from the possibility of contamination or pollution. This includes isolating within its customer's internal distribution system such contaminants or pollutants which could back flow or back-siphon into the public water system.
  • repair and maintenance of food service equipment
  • repair of miscellaneous equipment
  • services for special events
  • remodeling

Refrigeration Shop

The Refrigeration shop provides services which include the following:

  • repair and maintenance of all air conditioning equipment
  • repair and maintenance of freezers and refrigerators
  • repair and maintenance of ice machines
  • repair and maintenance of food service equipment
  • repair and maintenance of chemical storage equipment, environmental chambers, incubators, and other miscellaneous refrigeration equipment
  • remodeling

Roofer

The Roofer shop provides the following services:

  • supervise the replacement and work of outside roofing contractors
  • work with Architectural & Engineering Department on campus roof projects
  • repair leaks
  • replace missing shingles
  • clean gutter debris from rooftops
  • flash new penetrations
  • maintain problem areas during the winter (ice dams, icicles, etc.)
  • inspect roofs and make necessary repairs to prolong roof life

Sheet Metal Shop

The Sheet Metal shop provides the following services:

  • ventilation systems (fans, duct work, remodel, and new installations)
  • kitchen and food prep stainless steel (counter tops, tables, wall panels, and corner guards)
  • architectural sheet metal (roofs, gutters, downspouts, and flashings)
  • sheet metal fabrication (cutting, shearing, forming, welding - multi-process, and spot welding)
  • testing and balancing (air balancing, hydronic balancing, and fume hood testing)