Grounds leadership team: Gerald Contreras; Edward Galindo; and Philip Dierker.


Rice FE&P Grounds’ team of 31 groundskeepers, arborists and other specialists develops and maintains our 300-acre tree-lined campus in an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically pleasing manner. This dedicated team works throughout the year in all-weather conditions, while caring for our trees, fields, gardens and lawns.

Grounds Maintenance hours of operation are 7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Solid Waste & Moving hours of operation are 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Administrative hours of operation are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


We create great first impressions and support the university’s mission of teaching and research through our effective and innovative stewardship of the campus landscape.


State-of-the-art maintenance applied to a high-quality diverse landscape that’s reflective of Rice’s status as a leading university.


Our people make us great. We embrace the RICE MILE core values and as such, our actions indicate:

Responsibility We take responsibility and respect one another.

Integrity We are consistent, honest and truthful in our actions.

Community We embrace community while providing world-class service.

Excellence We can continuously improve, both individually and as a team.