At Syracuse University, two things are certain: snow and salt.
Students brave one of the worst snow storms of the winter on their way into the Carrier Dome moments before the Syracuse Orange tipped off against ACC rivals Duke on Valentine's Day, 2015.
Matt Salloum drives past an entrance gate decorated with mercy-begging snowmen on the East side of the Syracuse University campus.
Johnny Barletta loads salt into the back of his Toolcat prior to returning to campus for another round of clearing at the Physical Plant. During regular snowfall, grounds crew members cannot leave a spot on campus uncleared for more than 20 minutes, so trips back to the plant for a break rarely last more than 5 minutes during a shift.
Tom Joy, right, a temporary employee with the Physical Plant discusses his hopes for an employment offer with supervisor Matt Salloum. During the winter, the plant will employ multiple temporary workers, like Joy, but have limited ability to hire on after the semester ends.
Matt Salloum looks down the road of Euclid Avenue as he enters the Syracuse University campus. For much of the winter, members of the grounds crew are confined to the cabins of their Toolcats, where they brush and clear walkways, sidewalks and the occassional car trapped in a snowbank.
Tire marks run through a pile of salt in a shed outside of the Syracuse University Physical Plant. The Physical Plant's Grounds Crew will use about $1 million worth of salt during the winter in attempts to keep the snow off of sidewalks and roads.
Matt Salloum gets back into his Toolcat after discussing logistics and coverage during a snowy afternoon on the Syracuse University campus.
Matt Salloum drives an 8-foot post into the ground as members of the Physical Plant's Ground Crew prepare Walnut Park for Syracuse University's Mayfest, on April 23, 2015. Crews spent almost four days preparing the park for the day-long party, and cleaned the destruction in less than 5 hours.
Johnny Barletta loads up the bed of his 'Toolcat' as he prepares to leave the Chancellor's residence on Saturday May 1, 2015. Barletta, a temporary worker with the Physical Plant has expansive landscaping experience and is fondly referred to amongst his fellow workers as the "Chancellor's Gardner."
Edlund, Barletta and Salloum watch as a group of students walk close to an area that the small crew recently finished landscaping outside of the Chancellor's residence.
Joe Quarantillo, left, and Tom Joy, right, apply topsoil to a patch of grass that had been damaged by salt during the winter during a passing break on the Syracuse University quad.
Salloum and Edlund watch highlights of the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight with fellow grounds crew member Chris Oliver during a lunch break on May 4, 2015.
AJ Harris begins counting and surveying a shipment of Spring flowers ahead of Syracuse University's commencement. Over the next three days, more than 5,000 flowers will be planted around the around the university and inside the Carrier Dome in preparation for graduation.
Landscaping continues as Matt Salloum and Mark Edlund prepare the Chancellor's residence for commencement. Mulching, edging and planting take up most of the days during the last weeks of the school year.
Dave Buffum, who has been working with the Physical Plant for four years, edges grass along University Place on an early Thursday morning during finals week.
Johnny Barletta, who has been working temporarily with the Physical Plant during the Spring semester for the last 7 years, smiles as he hauls away dead plants in front of Carnegie Library. While grounds crew employees will work until students return from summer, Barletta's time with the Physical Plant ends two days before commencement.