Spotlight on OPSU Physical Plant

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 08/05/2014 OPSU Physical Plant staff members pause for a quick group photo earlier this year. —Photo by Danae MooreOPSU Physical Plant staff members pause for a quick group photo earlier this year. —Photo by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — The staff members at the OPSU Physical Plant work hard to keep OPSU at its best. From the appearance of the campus to routine maintenance, the Custodial Crew, the Grounds Crew, and the Maintenance Crew together with Johnson Controls Inc. complete a variety of tasks here on campus.

Bob Scott, Physical Plant Director, oversees the duties of each department within the Physical Plant as well as monitoring the campus water system, the sewer system and lagoon, and a gas well on the OPSU farm. As a dedicated OPSU employee, he is not only on duty from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but Bob is available to be here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year if needed to take care of anything that may arise.

Scott will complete his 29th year of service at OPSU in April and has seen many updates throughout his time on campus. He said, “With the help of Dr. Bryant and Larry Peters, we have come a long way.” Technology advancements have been particularly important to the way things are able to be done now compared to many years ago.

Supervised by Laura Duran, the Custodial staff is a very key part of the Physical Plant and includes Christina Avila, Maricela Corral, Veronica Esquivel, Jennifer Fernandez, Maria Fraire, Rosa Gonzalez, Ana Martell, Vanessa Queredo, and Yuneisy Sontos. In addition to keeping each of the buildings and the offices inside them clean and shining, the crew cleans the gym or stadium before and after athletic events. They may be seen waxing floors or setting up for graduation or a banquet in the ballroom, always with a smile!

Additionally, Duran is the Administrative Assistant at the Physical Plant. She also supervises the scheduling of motor pool vehicles and supervises the Freight Office.

Another very crucial part of the Physical Plant is the Maintenance department which includes Mike Calsing, Beau Conway, George Garcia, Robin Garcia, Ramiro Martinez, and Frank Quintana. Together, they complete tasks from carpentry work to electrical work and painting. The maintenance crew provides a variety of services on campus such as installing windows, replacing light fixtures, and maintaining and updating housing units.

The Grounds Crew and Motor Pool are yet another chief area of the Physical Plant. Supervised by Ray Ortiz, the Grounds crew’s duties can vary depending on the time of the year. From mowing grass and installing sprinkler systems to cleaning snow, clearing tumbleweeds, or preparing the fields for games and maintaining the OPSU Golf Course, they keep the campus looking great. The team is made up of Noe Adame, Eric Albizo, Jose Cazares, Mike Lamar and Jose Magallanes. Manuel Cazares works in the Motor Pool and he is responsible for keeping the campus vehicles clean, safe and ready for campus use.

Another area that is vital to the campus, the Physical Plant outsources the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and HVAC maintenance as well as the plumbing maintenance to Johnson Controls Inc. Staff members include Don Brewer, Lawrence Hambleton and one rotating technician. Johnson Controls Inc. is in charge of monitoring and maintaining all heating and air on campus including the OPSU farm and all housing units.

Often times, the Physical Plant staff members are “behind the scenes” making sure things are exactly the way they are supposed to be. While it would be nearly impossible to name everything they do, one thing is very certain, each department within the Physical Plant is vital to the success of the University and the comfort, safety and security of the students, faculty and staff.

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