Davey’s crews are on-site at The Graduate Hotel, maintaining its unique outdoor space that provides a break from the hustle and bustle of a university campus.

At home on the University of Cincinnati’s campus, the Graduate Hotel is a unique space that celebrates local legends and the city’s standout architecture in every room. With 203 rooms located on 8 floors and over 21,000 square feet of banquet space, alumni, families, and city or campus visitors have plenty of room to explore the hotel’s brightly colored spaces.

Tranquil green spaces located on the property are usually occupied by students and visitors who want an escape from the surrounding big city atmosphere. Through a long-standing partnership of over 20 years, Davey maintains the green spaces at the Graduate to ensure the space can be continually used by the public.

“We give Davey the ability to design and create the space on their own because we trust that working relationship,” Kevin Tucker, Director of Maintenance at the Graduate Hotel, says. “Also, because it works. When things work so well, you’re not going to make changes to any of those relationships.”

Davey crews are on-site weekly to mow the turf and help on an as-needed basis for lawn application, mulching, tree pruning and tree removals. Crews also maintain plant beds and provide irrigation services to the Graduate.

In 2019, the local Davey offices called on Davey Resource Group (DRG) to help solve a stormwater issue at the hotel. A lower level entrance frequently flooded after rain and snow showers, causing it to become unusable. DRG installed a bioinfiltration system in the area, which allows stormwater to drain into the combined sewer system at a rate that reduces overflow while simultaneously filtering out runoff debris. The bioinfiltration system has since stopped the flooding and the lower level entrance is now one of the main entrances to the building.

By using the ONEDavey approach, Davey and DRG have continually helped the Graduate keep its green space in top shape, allowing the hotel to continue to provide a slice of nature in the heart of the city.

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