College Operations

College Operations


De Anza Grounds

Our Mission

  •  The Mission of the Grounds Department is to provide safe, clean, aesthetically pleasing and professionally well maintained campus grounds; grounds that are environmentally safe, conducive to life-long learning and user friendly to students, faculty, staff and visitors.

  •  Students and staff will report the campus grounds are clean and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Students and staff will report grounds crew smile and provide assistance, when asked.

The Grounds Team, under the supervisor of Grounds, consists of 4 full-time employees. By staggering shifts and days of the work week, Grounds has staff available on campus approximately 10 hours per day, six days a week.

The Grounds Team provides exceptional grounds maintenance, field maintenance, tree trimming, cultivating, irrigation services and special events, and is responsible for all outside maintenance of the campus, including landscaping, parking lots, parking structures, roadways, and walkways.


The Grounds Team maintains all athletic fields, making sure the fields are safe and properly set-up for all football, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis tournaments and any other special events throughout campus, including the Flea Market, which has become a big event held on the first Saturday of each month with an Electronic Flea Market held the following Saturday on a seasonal basis.


Sustainability Management Plan SMP LogoWaste Management

In conjunction with the Custodial Department, the Grounds Team is responsible for collecting all the trash generated by the college and diverting recyclable materials from the campus waste stream.


Recycled materials include metals, cardboard and paper, wood, a variety of plastics, glass, bottles and cans, as well as yard debris.



The Grounds Team also collects kitchen scraps from the Dining Services operation, composting approximately two tons each month that would otherwise be sent to a Landfill, into useable soil amendment for the campus landscape beds eliminating the need to purchase and apply expensive synthetic fertilizers.






Contact Us
Hours & Locations


Joseph P. Cooke

Grounds Supervisor

De Anza Community College

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Cupertino, CA 95014






Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.



The landscape of the campus accents the natural beauty of the campus. The campus has more than 2,400 trees, with a significant population of natives, including several varieties of oaks, as well as, sycamore trees, and a large population of coastal redwood trees. The natural beauty of native plantings as well as turf areas, together with drought tolerant plant species and native grasses further enhances the campus.



Grounds Team Support

The Grounds crew members support the District Police with traffic control and evacuation procedures for emergency preparedness. The Grounds Team works closely with the Custodial Team, the Athletic Department, the District Maintenance Department, and other members of the College Operations Team. The Grounds Team works hard to excel at every level, maintaining campus landscaping at the highest possible standards, providing the highest aesthetic appeal conducive to a life-long learning environment.  The Grounds Team also works hard to maintain good relations with faculty, staff and students in a warm friendly atmosphere.


The Grounds Team Stay

The Grounds Team stays current with the latest techniques in landscaping, irrigation, athletic field maintenance, and inventory control. Landscape projects are designed, completed and maintained with the goal of creating a sustainable college environment, based on sound economic practices and principles, while incorporating factors of social responsibility through a highly diversified campus cultural population.


Joseph P.Cooke

Grounds Supervisor

College Operations

Office: (408) 864-8862

Cell:(408) 595-3891

Fax:(408) 864-5689

De Anza Community College

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. 

Cupertino, CA 95014

College Operations
Building: Admin Building
Contact: Sally Gore
Phone: 408.864.8758

Last Updated: 4/22/14