Physical Facilities

Office of Physical Facilities

The Office of Physical Facilities’ mission is to plan, execute, and maintain an engaging and sustainable campus.  In doing so, we seek to foster a welcoming and safe environment that is inviting to students, staff, faculty, administration, and the community. With over 43 dedicated full-time staff, the Physical Facilities team works hard to ensure the overall successful operation of the IU Kokomo campus, contributing to the overall quality of teaching, learning, research, and community involvement on our grounds. Our office strives to promote a culture of excellence and inclusivity, not only for its staff but for the campus as a whole. We value each and every employee and encourage them to share their input and ideas.

Our services include:

  • Custodial and grounds services
  • Maintenance and operations of buildings, equipment, and infrastructure
  • Duplicating, shipping, and receiving
  • Event support
  • Havens Auditorium
  • Vehicle fleet management  

IU Kokomo offices opt to recycle only

Imagine a campus with no trash cans in its offices. Seem impossible? Not to the Office of Sustainability at Indiana University Kokomo. By April 2019, the goal is to recycle 75 percent of campus waste, by encouraging faculty, staff, and students in all offices to replace trash cans with recycling bins. The sustainability office and Physical Facilities are partnering to lead the education effort. “The ultimate goal is to have 100 percent participation in the recycle only office program by Earth Day 2019,” said Leda Casey, director of the Office of Sustainability. “The effort began last year with placing recycle bins next to the trash cans in hopes that it will get more students and faculty members to think of recycling.” Interns personally visited many campus offices and distributed information, materials and magnets for proper recycling. This year, the offices that have opted into the program are removing their landfill disposal cans from their workspace. Landfill trash containers are still available around campus. “The hope is that these efforts will imbed recycling into campus culture, thus the program will sustain itself,” Casey said.

Campus sets ambitious goal for recycling efforts

Buying new waste bins may not seem like a big deal. But the new containers going in at Indiana University Kokomo represent the first steps towards a bold goal — to have 75 percent of campus waste recycled. Each one contains two options: recycle, or landfill. Additional bins will be placed in the remaining campus buildings within the next year, with the aim of increasing recycling from the current 25 percent, according to John Sarber, director of physical facilities. “When you walk up to it, you make a conscious decision. ‘Do I want to send that to recycling, or do I want to send it to a landfill?’,” Sarber said. “The designations make you think about what you’re doing when you dispose of waste.” Currently, the containers are available in the Kelley Student Center and the Library, with plans to have them campuswide within a year to 18 months.

IU Kokomo welcomes largest, most diverse freshman class

The incoming freshman class at Indiana University Kokomo is the largest, most ethnically diverse, and academically talented in its 72-year history. One week into the fall semester, 605 first-year students are enrolled, for a nearly 20 percent increase over fall 2016. About 94 percent are aged 19 or younger, up about 5 percent. In addition to the 605 first-time students, the campus also gained 275 transfer students, for a total new student count of 880, up 10.7 percent and a campus record. The campus also set overall enrollment records, with a 2.3 percent increase in numbers of students, and a 3 percent increase in credit hours overall. “Student success is at the core of our focus. These incoming freshmen know they will receive the support they need not only to complete their degrees but to gain real-world experiences that will give them the leading edge upon graduation,” said Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke. “IU Kokomo’s dedicated faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their highest goals. Every student matters here.”

IU Kokomo employee teaches life lessons by example

Not all of life's lessons are learned in a classroom. At Indiana University Kokomo, David Hawkins teaches perseverance, work ethic, community service, and determination to overcome obstacles by example, as he goes about his work as coordinator of special projects for physical plant. For many years, he was the singing voice of IU Kokomo, performing at Commencement and other campus events. But in 2010, he lost his singing voice during cancer treatment and did not know if it would return, even after he was cancer free. "I couldn't sing through my radiation, and then after treatment, I didn't have my singing voice, which worried me," he said. "It took a while, but it finally came back, just a little lower than it used to be. It was definitely something I was glad to get back. Singing is my comfort zone. I could never imagine my life without it."