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Building Services


Gordon Nelson


Contact Information:

Phone: (865) 974-5107


Fax: (865) 974-7786


Gordon Nelson has served in UT Facilities Services for more than 10 years, but he has many years of experience in facilities management for higher education. Gordon graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts, and he has held the certification of Registered Executive Housekeeper since 1992. When Gordon is not at the office, he enjoys saltwater fishing, golfing, and watching the Vols play ball!


Building Services at the University of Tennessee recognizes that the number one reason why perspective students select a college or university to attend is “the appearance of the facility”!! In accordance with that goal, Building Service Teams service over 14 million square feet of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Tennessee School of Agriculture, University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine, and University of Tennessee System facilities in Knoxville. Services are provided 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, to all athletic and academic facilities by Building Service Aides who embellish the role of “Essential Personnel”. This means that they come together for all emergency functions which affect University Operations. This includes Snow, Severe weather, and most importantly, Home Football Games.

Building Services provides professional APPA-Level 1 &2. This means the University of Tennessee Knoxville Campus has a world Class appearance in regards to its custodial services. Building Services supplies the following services: hard floor restoration, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, wood floor maintenance, window washing, recycling, dusting, rubbish removal, vacuuming, lavatory disinfecting, and floor washing.

Power Washing 2020

Building areas are cleaned daily (Monday to Friday) and frequencies are increased if needed. Special event cleaning is coordinated through issuing a work order in order to arrange the services needed. Services such as “Zero Waste”, Game Day Clean Up, and public events are coordinated this way. Building Services uses 92% Green Products with the only exception being the use of a hospital grade disinfectant for lavatory, shower, and pool cleaning in order to give us maximum germ killing action. All paper is 100% made from recycled paper and our Hand Soap has been designed by our own UT School of Public Health. You should be assured that everything we do is done with the health of our faculty, staff, and students in mind.