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NMSU names Flores new director of facilities maintenance

New Mexico State University has named Alfonso "Al" Flores Jr. as director of facilities maintenance.

Flores, NMSU's director of facilities maintenance, sits at his desk.
New Mexico State University has named Al Flores, Jr. as director of facilities maintenance. (NMSU photo by Emily C. Kelley)

Flores joined the NMSU Facilities and Services team in October 2012 as a project manager in Project Development and Engineering, and took on his new role on May 16.

His duties include overseeing 35 employees in areas of structural maintenance, carpentry, tile, concrete and masonry work, roofing, moving and painting. Flores also manages access control.

"Al has more than 18 years of construction experience in private industry and three years of facilities operations experience with the Anthony School District," said Timothy Dobson, executive director of Facilities and Services. "He is a great addition to the team, and we feel his experience will help us improve our focus on building appearance and maintenance."

Flores' team is working on some big projects such as renovating the courtyard between Dove Hall, the Business Complex and Health and Social Services, in conjunction with the grounds department.

"We're also doing office and classroom remodels, and are looking at Goddard Hall as a major project coming up," Flores said. "We are trying to beautify the exterior of that facility with paint and landscaping, in conjunction with the grounds department."

One of his department's most important initiatives is to continue the transformation in facilities maintenance at NMSU from a reactive to proactive organization.

"Our main focus this coming year is customer service," he said. "We are going to become a proactive maintenance department, getting out to the customers, rather than the customers having to come to us. We're looking at several plans that will allow our department to fulfill those needs."

One change on campus that is completely customer-focused is the transition to zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, which will help customers on campus who are sensitive to smells, but will also help the environment. This zero-VOC paint will be important in the campus repainting plan, which will be implemented to paint the major buildings on campus at least once every 10 years.

The transition to zero-VOC paints will be included in specifications for contractors working on campus.

"At the end of the day, one of our main goals as a department is to have greater customer satisfaction and to implement processes to be efficient in all that we do," Flores said.