It is our responsibility to develop and manage over 13 million square feet of buildings,
including parks, parking lots, athletic fields and equestrian facilities.
James "Jim" D. Demarest | Director, Facilities Operations and Maintenance
The Operations and Maintenance team handles all facilities service requests as well
as maintenance, custodial services, landscaping and grounds, signage and more for
the USC community. Jim has 37 years of experience managing higher education facilities,
including the University of Nebraska, Old Dominion University and Illinois State University
where he served as Executive Director of Facilities Management. He earned his B.S.
in Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He served on the board of directors
for the national APPA organization (Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers) and
as president of the South Carolina APPA chapter. Presently, he sits on the SCAPPA
board of directors.
Derek S. Gruner, LEED AP, AIA, NCARB | University Architect, Director of Planning
The Planning and Programming team creates new projects within the state procurement
system, guides projects through approvals, works closely with private architectural
and engineering firms, documents space management and other property matters. Derek has
30 years of experience in master planning, programming, architectural design and construction
administration. A former principal at a Columbia architectural and engineering firm,
his projects have included university, corporate, institutional, athletic, historic
preservation and adaptive reuse. Derek holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from
the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University.
Richard C. Katz, CPPB, CPM| Director, Facilities Administration
The Business and Finance team manages and reports resources by monitoring and balancing
budgets; ensures that all projects, goods and services are procured and reconciled;
and accurately processes and stores pertinent information in an accessible manner. A
graduate of USC, Richard is a Certified Public Manager and Certified Professional
Public Buyer. His 28-year career includes procuring and administering statewide telecommunication
contracts for the SC Budget and Control Board's Division of State Information Technology
and serving as the Director of Procurement and Medicaid Administrator for the SC Department
of Juvenile Justice. He is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina and Leadership
Jeffrey "Jeff" D. Lamberson | Director, Facilities Design and Construction
The Design and Construction team works with project stakeholders to manage budgets,
define requirements, negotiate change orders, communicate plans and schedules, design
interiors, and ensure that exterior spaces comply with the university's urban campus
vision. Jeff has 30 years of experience in construction and facilities management.
As a Navy commander, he managed facilities and projects in Texas, Italy, Spain and
Washington D.C., and later managed infrastructure projects in third world countries
for a private firm. Jeff, a licensed professional engineer, holds a B.S. in Civil
Engineering from The Citadel and an M.S. in Civil Engineering and Construction Management
from Georgia Tech.