Martin Ramos, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa groundskeeper, has been awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Buildings & Grounds Maintenance. The award is given to an employee from one of UH’s 10 campuses who has exhibited sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial or trucking position.
Ramos has been an essential member of the UH Mānoa grounds team for more than 19 years. A dedicated employee with a strong work ethic, he takes pride in his work and goes above and beyond expectations.
Ramos provides landscaping services for areas which are known to be the most “intricate and difficult” areas to maintain on campus: Hawaiʻi Hall, the Sustainability Courtyard, Hamilton Library, and recently, the new Life Sciences Building.
Here’s what his fans have to say:
- Some of his assigned areas have had major issues before Martin took over, which were transformed into the most beautiful areas on campus. His work at the planter bed at Hamilton Library has transformed a weed infested area into a well-manicured native bed.
- His expertise in landscaping has helped the landscape management team in training new staff, some of whom have also won this award by using his techniques of planter bed maintenance.
- Martin covers double the standard area with great success. He manages the detailed native garden at the Life Sciences Building which was previously installed by three contractors. He has been doing an incredible job while still maintaining his other areas.
- Martin maintains the grounds at one of the university’s most iconic buildings, Hawaiʻi Hall. Flanked by massive palms, large pillars and luscious grounds, Ramos is tedious in the removal of all weeds and debris, and ensures each planter bed and tree well is pristine.
- Ramos’ meticulousness to the grounds ensures that faculty, staff, students and visitors have a memorable campus experience.
Read more about previous winners of the Excellence in Buildings & Grounds Maintenance award.