Facilities Management 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 Facilities Management 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. Facilities Management now has approximately 350 employees who are responsible for more than 12 million square feet of interior space and 680 acres of land.

Facilities Management (FM) oversees the physical infrastructure and facilities of The University. This includes the operation and maintenance of UNM's buildings, grounds, landscaping, and vehicles, with the goal of meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff. FM plays a crucial role in coordinating various aspects, such as energy management and sustainability initiatives, to ensure that The University incorporates energy-efficient practices into its operations and design standards. Additionally, the department is responsible for establishing and maintaining design, maintenance, and custodial standards that align with The University's mission and create a conducive environment for all.