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The Physical Plant at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is committed to supporting and enhancing the goals of the University, and creating a campus environment conducive to excellence in instruction, research and other forms of scholarly activity, as well as programs that ensure the excellence and success of the institution.  We achieve this by providing quality management of the university’s physical assets and effective implementation of facility maintenance and capital improvements.  We strive to provide professional customer service and quality workmanship through teamwork and caring, creative foresight, and we take pride in meeting the daily challenges of maintaining all facilities in a manner that supports and enhances the mission of the University.

The condition of the facilities and grounds on any campus directly impacts the real and perceived quality of everyone’s academic and personal experience.  As this University’s largest non-academic department, the Physical Plant is dedicated to providing high quality services that result in safe, clean, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing facilities and ground areas.

Physical Plant staff are responsible for the repair, maintenance, cleaning and operation of all SIU Carbondale facilities and grounds, as well as the operation and maintenance of campus utilities.  Our objective is to maintain and operate the academic facilities at a level that will ensure the full life expectancy of the facilities and to provide financial supervision and business management to maximize service while minimizing cost to the students, faculty, staff and guests of the University.

Employees keep all operating systems in good repair and make campus a comfortable, safe and attractive place to learn, work, and play.  We oversee all in-house construction and our expertise includes but is not limited to: facilities management, building trades, mechanical and electrical trades, utilities management, energy conservation, building services, and grounds maintenance.  The Physical Plant’s responsibilities include the following services: asbestos abatement, building automation, carpentry, concrete construction and maintenance, custodial, electrical, elevator, emergency generator, energy management, equipment repair, fire protection, grounds, HVAC, ironwork, masonry, materials management, painting, pipefitting, plumbing, recycling, sheet metal, sprinkler and temperature control. Additionally, we are responsible for the 24x7 operations of the Facilities Operations Center (FOC) and the Steam Plant which provides heat for about 69% of our buildings on campus. 

We are a service organization comprised of 282 full-time employees and 89 students who provide around-the-clock response to facilities and grounds related issues on campus to keep buildings, classrooms, and grounds well maintained, safe, clean, and comfortable.