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Physical Plant Department History

When the enrollment at The University of New Mexico totaled 108 students and all maintenance functions were confined to the only campus building, Hodgin Hall, it was a simple to get immediate action on requests for Physical Plant Department (PPD) services. If services were needed, all one had to do was find a gentleman by the name of Mr. Custers, who had many roles as a university employee, including custodian, heating plant operator, carpenter/painter, groundskeeper, and librarian. PPD now has approximately 350 employees who are responsible for more than 12 million square feet of interior space and 680 acres of land.

PPD manages the operation and maintenance of UNM's facilities, including buildings, grounds, landscaping, vehicles, and utilities.