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Facilities Department

Our Leadership

It is our responsibility to develop and manage over 13 million square feet of buildings, including parks, parking lots, athletic fields and equestrian facilities. 

Facilities Directors

James "Jim" D. Demarest

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

Derek S. Gruner, LEED AP, AIA, NCARB | University Architect, Director of Planning and Programming

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

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 Lexington County.

Jeffrey "Jeff" D. Lamberson

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.


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