While it is not as well-known as other University institutions, UNC Facilities Services provides students with everything from recycling bins to building renovations on campus.
And the department tries to do so in an environmentally friendly, cost-efficient way.
Luke Hoff, director of the design and construction department in Facilities Services, said the department takes on more than 350 projects a year.
He said one of its current projects is the restoration of the cupola — a small, dome-like structure — that adorns Manning Hall, which is home to the School of Information and Library Science.
Gary Marchionini, dean of the School of Information and Library Sciences, said construction on the cupola was supposed to be completed by the end of the summer.
“We were hoping it would be done before classes began but I think all of the rain we had this summer made it stretch beyond,” he said.
Lou Buarotti, carpentry supervisor and construction manager for Facilities Services, said the project should be finished by the end of October.
Facilities Services, which employs roughly 1,000 people, plans and manages all the facilities and grounds projects on campus that cost less than $500,000.
Despite the wide range of projects the department is responsible for, Hoff said the department strives to keep projects eco-friendly.