Brigham Young University. Physical Plant Dept.

The Physical Plant Department, previously the Department of Buildings and Grounds, has been administered by former Department of Buildings and Grounds director Leland M. Perry (1954-1957), Sam F. Brewster (1957-1974), Fred A. Schwendiman (1974), Harold J. Anderson (1979-1986), Douglas Christensen (1986-1990), and Scott Briggs (1990- ).

Variant names

Brigham Young University. Dept. of Physical Plant

Brigham Young University. Physical Plant


Established: 1954

Location: Provo, Utah (1954- )


The Physical Plant, easily the largest department under Physical Facilities, is responsible for maintaining university utilities, engineering, maintaining the grounds, construction, building maintenance (including custodial services), transportation services, and the administration of campus projects.

Assets and Administrative Structure

Physical Plant has been directed by administrators under the titles of superintendent, executive director, director, Assistant Vice-President—Physical Plant, and Assistant Administrative Vice-President, all of whom reported to the President of BYU.

Associated Units

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Dept. of Buildings and Grounds (1954)

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1954-1981)

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. Physical Facilities Division (1981- )

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. Security Office (1960-1972)

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. Security (1972)

Associated Archival Materials

Creator of: Brigham Young University Physical Facilities Division records and correspondence, 1900-1989 (UA 1330)

Creator of: Campus Facilities Histories, 1875-2004 (UA 1216)


Brigham Young University : a pictorial history, 2005: p. 184 (Physical Plant Dept.; renamed from Dept. of Buildings and Grounds in 1954) p. 597 (Physical Plant Dept. reorganized under Physical Facilities in 1981) p. 824 (Functions)

Brigham Young University, 1975: v. 2 p. 718 (Department of Physical Plant)

Brigham Young University, The First One Hundred Years: p. 41 (Assistant Vice-President—Physical Plant)

Brigham Young University phone directories, 1981-2010 (UA 1104) (Subordinate units)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2010-00154

LCCN: nr 00026584

Creator: UPB