Campus Grounds Recognized with Honor Award

Nov. 6, 2018

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Campus Grounds Recognized with Honor Award


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University has been recognized for its exceptional ground maintenance by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) with an Honor Award in the society’s 2018 Green Star Awards competition.

The Honor Award was given in the University and College Grounds category, and winners were recognized at the society’s 2018 Awards dinner Oct. 18 in conjunction with the School of Grounds Management and GIE+EXPO in Larry Bedwell with PGMS AwardLouisville, Ky. The Green Star awards bring national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complimenting other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. PGMS presented two Grand Awards, its highest honor, along with 16 Honor Awards and seven Merit Awards in seven categories of competition.

The WTAMU campus is 176 acres with 43 buildings, plus the First United Bank Center and the WT Horse Center. The campus also includes the 2,310 acre Nance Ranch with the UL Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility. An additional 290 acres are adjacent to the main campus for future expansion, bringing WTAMU’s total acreage to 2,776. The WTAMU campus is home to more than 500 trees that provide a canopy of green from Old Main to the Virgil Henson Activities Center. Manicured lawns and colorful flower beds help create a beautiful, welcoming environment for the University community. Grounds services at WTAMU have been provided by SSC Services for Education since 2013.

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