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Physical Plant

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Southern Miss Physical Plant to provide a safe, secure and enriching environment, in an effective and efficient manner, consistent with the university vision, mission and values.

While the University is operating at Orange response level, the Physical Plant will provide limited services with a reduced number of employees in each trade area.

Work Order Submission

Work orders may still be placed through this website and will be processed remotely, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Non-emergency work orders will be prioritized and processed by the trade area supervisor as man-power permits.  
All other emergencies (danger to life, limb or property) that take place after hours on holidays or weekends should be reported to the University Police Department at 601.266.4986.


Transportation Services

Transportation Services Fuel Station is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  To reach the office, please call 601.266.4465

  • Click HERE to place a Transportation Services work order. 


Office of Sustainability

During the time that the Office of Sustainability, which manages the Fourth Street Recycling Drop Off Center, was shut down due to COVID-19, the local processing plant stopped accepting recyclable materials with the exception of cardboard. This closure significantly impacts all of the greater Hattiesburg area, as the closest processing plants are now in Baton Rouge, LA and Pensacola, FL. While we anticipate being able to provide recycling services to the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses, we are still evaluating the feasibility of operating the program using a processing plant in another state. Once a decision has been reached, additional information will be shared via USM Mailout and all Office of Sustainability social media accounts. Please email any further questions  

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The following steps were taken by the Physical Plant as part of the University's efforts to combat the possible onset of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

- 45-days worth of essential supplies for custodial staff has been procured.  

- The Custodial Services team used a product called TB-Cide Quat® by Spartan, which is one of the EPA’s registered antimicrobial products for use against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.  

- Ahead of the shelter in place order, the custodial staff completed one last deep clean of all academic facilities, focusing on high frequency touch-points, including door knobs, stair rails, light switches, crash bars, toilets, etc.

- For their safety, personal protective equipment was provided to staff for use when cleaning. 

- "Wash your Hands" signs have been hung in restrooms.

- Hand-sanitizer stations have been redistributed to high-traffic areas 

Questions or concerns, email or call 601.266.4414.  For additional updates on the university's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) click here: USM Coronavirus Update.  

The Physical Plant strives to construct an environment conducive to the education, research and service goals of The University of Southern Mississippi. All projects initiated and managed by the Physical Plant are intended to address the tenets established by the University Master Plan. Last approved by the IHL board in 2008, the plan addresses the following:

-Ensuring the physical campus setting continues to strengthen the quality of the collegiate experience
-Reforming and reshaping residential life through creation of vibrant living/learning districts
Regenerating the historic core as the heart of campus
-Promoting a strategy for growth that organizes development in accordance with existing campus districts
-Maintaining a respectful, engaged relationship with the city of Hattiesburg

Projects, Renovations and Upgrades In Progress

  • Bower Academic Center                                                    Completion Date: Summer 2020
  • Cook Library Upgrades                                                      Completion Date: June 2021
  • Campus Lighting Upgrade                                                 Completion Date: Ongoing
  • Demolition of Houses & Trailers                                        Completion Date: Ongoing
  • Energy Reduction Retrofit                                                  Completion Date: Ongoing
  • GIS Mapping and Infrastructure Survey                            Completion Date: Ongoing
  • McCain Library Envelope Repairs                                     Completion Date: June 2020
  • Pinehaven Apartments Demolition                                   Completion Date: Summer 2020

Projects on the Horizon

  • 35th Avenue Parking Lot
  • Center for Military Veterans
  • Fritzsche-Gibbs Hall Renovations
  • Criminal Justice/Kinesiology Renovations
  • Montague Boulevard Multi-Use Pathway
  • Hardy Street Median and Crosswalk Improvements
  • Ross Boulevard North Parking Lot Upgrade 
  • Southern Hall Renovations
  • Union Plaza Renovations
  • Marsh Hall Waterproofing

Are you planning an event on the Hattiesburg campus? If so, don't forget to place a work order at least three working days before the event

Things to consider:

  • Will you need assistance from our landscape team, who will have to approve the location of a stage, tent and any other equipment to be used on a lawn?
  • Will you need electrical support or stand-by service?
  • Will you need trash cans or stand-by custodial services?
  • Does the HVAC schedule of the event location need to be adjusted for the date and time of your event?

If any of the above are true, please submit a work order with specific details about the event and list how we can support your event.

Looking to get involved on campus? The ADOPT A SPOT Program is the perfect choice for you. Individuals and organizations can help keep Southern Miss beautiful by adopting an area and pledging to keep it clean at least once per semester.

Click here to apply or for more info:

At the end of FY 2016, Southern Miss, along with other IHL member institutions, completed a 10-year energy reduction initiative. As of June 30, 2016, the university has reduced energy consumption by 31% and realized a cumulative cost avoidance of $16,506,140 for electric and gas usage during the initiative.

Energy Update
FY18 energy use per gross square foot (GSF) increased 1.1% from FY17. FY18 campus energy costs per GSF slight increase of 0.2% from previous year. The colder winter caused an increase in natural gas usage offsetting electrical savings.

Water Update
FY18 water usage index decreased 7.2% from previous year resulting in 9.1% GSF cost reduction from previous ye

Contact Us

Physical Plant
118 College Drive, #5058
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
3105 West 4th Street

Hattiesburg Campus

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The Physical Plant maintains more than 315 acres.

With 180 team members, we support 4.5 million square feet of facility space.

We are dedicated to satisfying our customers by providing quality service.