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Facility Services

Northern Arizona University constructed the Facility Services building in 1971. Facility Services is responsible for planning, design, and construction on campus, safety training, inspection, maintenance of campus grounds and infrastructure, disability compliance, utilities,sustainability, custodial services and Fleet Services, which maintains university-owned vehicles. Much of this supports NAUs infrastructure in a 'behind-the-scenes' sense. Without Facility Services' dedication to the University, much of campus daily life would falter.

In front of Facility Services is a memorial garden for James "Tuffy" Rice, a longtime bus driver and handyman on NAUs campus. The University later renamed Fleet Services to honor Tuffy after he passed away in 1990. Facility Services maintains several live webcams that are show scenes across the mountain campus.

Nancy Gillespie recounts her memories of James "Tuffy" Rice in this oral history from 2008. Call number: NAU.OH.2008.123.075


Sam Borozan describes how Tuffy Rice and others helped build a prototype mooncar for Dr. Arthur Adel. Call number: NAU.OH.2009.124.3