Skip to main content



The Maintenance Department supports all aspects of the facilities infrastructure at Swarthmore College. The staff consists of 29 full-time skilled professionals including carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, HVAC Technicians, Boiler Operators and Maintenance Mechanics. This team handles about 12,000 work and preventative maintenance requests each year.

If you have a maintenance emergency, call 610-328-8280. If no one answers, contact Public Safety at 610-328-8330, and they can contact a maintenance staff member for you.

For non-urgent maintenance requests, please email

Key Staff Contacts

Ralph Thayer, Director of Maintenance

Bill Maguire, Maintenance Manager

Butch Devlin, Paint Crew Supervisor

Domenic Porrini, Heat Plant/Energy Supervisor

Rob Torres, Maintenance Crew Supervisor

Chuck Breischaft, College Locksmith

Didi Beebe, Bookkeeping
(610) 328-8283

Patti Braun, Purchasing

Carolyn Saufley, Work Request Coordinator