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JSU Facilities and Construction Management makes its presence, services known

Although JSU’s Department of Facilities and Construction Management (FCM) constantly makes sure the campus runs smoothly, staff finds time to unwind during a recent hotspot on the Gibbs-Green Memorial Plaza. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

Although JSU’s Department of Facilities and Construction Management (FCM) constantly makes sure the campus runs smoothly, staff finds time to unwind with the campus community during a recent hotspot on the Gibbs-Green Memorial Plaza. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

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Facilities displays the wide range of services it provides throughout the campus. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

Facilities displays the wide range of services it provides throughout the campus. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

JSU’s Department of Facilities and Construction Management (FCM) took the spotlight during a recent hotspot on the Gibbs-Green Memorial Plaza to share with the campus community its vast array of services from transportation and campus maintenance to safety and environmental health issues.

Hughes

Hughes

La’Kitha B. Hughes, associate director of FCM, described the event as “a good opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn more about our operations. Many people are not aware of what Facilities does. Today, they have a much better idea. The hotspot was a good interaction between all of us, and it allows Facilities to inform our faculty, staff and students on what we do a daily basis.”

Indeed, FCM does so much more, including responding to gas leaks and heating and cooling issues.

If that’s a surprise, then you might be unaware that FCM also performs the following:

  • Defensive driving courses
  • Reserve-a-vehicle workshops
  • Golf cart training
  • Planning and construction
  • Shuttle service throughout the main campus and to the Mississippi e-Center@JSU, Jackson Medical Mall and Metro Center
  • Property Management Central Receiving: deliveries, receiving, removal of undesired equipment and furniture
  • Fire safety instructions
  • Energy conservation tips

Hughes said she anticipates that Facilities will continue the hotspot during freshmen Welcome Week events and homecoming.

“I’m so excited that Facilities was able to interact and answer everyone’s questions,” Hughes said.

Facilities’ executive director Robert D. Watts keeps a watchful eye on everything that happens on campus. His chief responsibility is to make sure the well-maintained campus is safe, energy-efficient and clean. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

Facilities’ executive director Robert D. Watts keeps a watchful eye on everything that happens on campus. His chief responsibility is to make sure the well-maintained campus is safe, energy-efficient and clean. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

Free hotdogs were provided during the hotspot, along with chips, sodas and other giveaways. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

Free hotdogs were provided during the hotspot, along with chips, sodas and other giveaways. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)