2011 SITES Awards Winners
Congratulations to our 2011 winners!
Pictured (left to right): Lauren Constant, David Kruse, Debbie Carrington, Tom Lightfield, Jennifer Heath, Steve McDonald, Don Havins, Theresa Kahlke, Keith Skaggs, Alicia De La Cerda, Jack Gracia
Work Control Supervisor, Construction Services
Debbie provided after-hours support to many big events throughout the year, including Commencement, Gone to Texas and Explore UT. She also oversaw an initiative to track shop work more efficiently. In addition, her new process for distributing project estimates has decreased the turnaround time for distributing the estimates while conserving resources. Debbie demonstrates exceptional service and unwavering commitment to her staff and clients.
Administrative Assistant, Project Management
Lauren has stepped up to do the work of a vacant contract specialist position in addition to her regular duties. She does whatever is required to get the job done and done well. Lauren has also chaired the Sustainability Fair Committee for two years and is about to embark on a third. Her leadership has been key to ensuring the fairs are exemplary events. Lauren demonstrates commitment to teamwork, excellence and stewardship.
Alicia De La Cerda
Building Attendant II, Custodial Services
Alicia takes initiative to complete her own assignments well and assist where needed. When her supervisor was absent for a while, Alicia voluntarily helped to schedule projects, fill out order supply forms, stock pantries, and more. When the crew leader and assistant are absent, she assists her supervisor in leading the team. When her team completes its tasks, she inspires them to tackle additional work. She has also participated on the Safety Council and volunteered for the annual Safety Fair.
Carpenter, Pickle Research Campus
When the PRC carpenter shop was asked to construct a stage and ramps for the PRC solar panel ceremony, Jack designed, installed and modified a stage that would seat speakers safely and comfortably. He also designed and constructed ramps to allow guests to walk safely through the solar array. On his vacation day he created a cover for the switchbox that Dr. Clubb used to simulate turning on the array. Jack’s efforts reflect his dedication and the excellence he strives for when doing any project.
Construction Planner, Construction Services
As a PMCS construction planner and a carpenter who has worked hundreds of renovation and construction projects across campus, Don has a record of outstanding customer service and project planning. He meets with clients to assess their needs, works closely with the shops, and regularly visits job sites to assess progress, address questions, and communicate with clients. He ensures the shops and his clients are included in solving problems. Don approaches every project with commitment to service and excellence.
Manager, Administrative & Personnel Services
Jennifer truly embraced the values of teamwork and excellence in leading the 2010-2011 Executive Leadership Program in its third year. Through her efforts, the class of six staff members from Facilities Services and PMCS became the most cohesive, supportive and collaborative class to date. Jennifer accomplished this while serving as the core team leader for the FMEP effort, heading the Leadership Development Program, and being involved in personnel issues for both departments.
Executive Assistant, Director’s Office
Theresa was instrumental in the success of the employee exit incentive program as means of reducing the budget for FY 2010-11. With her help, 50 Facilities Services and 12 PMCS employees were able to participate in the program, resulting in combined savings of $429,000. Theresa also was instrumental in identifying a funding source for the exit incentive program. Her innovation and creativity resulted in a great cost savings for both departments.
Construction Coordinator, Construction Services
During the past year, David attended classes to improve his construction cost estimating skills. He then volunteered to help project managers in PMCS to review cost proposals from Job Order Contract contractors. Through his diligence, David saved more than $143,000 (9.95%) of the total project costs in just the first quarter of the year, and those numbers continue to rise. Through these actions, David exemplifies service, teamwork, and stewardship of university resources.
Project Manager, Production Control
Tom goes the extra mile to make UT a "greener" place to work. An active member of the Green Team since its inception, he contributes personal time and resources to advance the value of stewardship. He has held training classes on saving rainwater and composting and built a rainwater holder to give away in a drawing at that class. Tom encourages coworkers to bring compostable material to work so that he can add it to Landscape Services’ composting bed for use across campus. In addition, he volunteers to support the Sustainability Fair.
Fire-Life-Safety Systems Technician, Fire Sprinklers
Steve volunteered to lead a project that has taken an extensive amount of his time, including after hours and weekends. He reviews past preventive maintenance reports of sprinkler equipment and ensures repairs are made. When Steve was hired, NICET certification was not required, but he diligently worked to receive his certification. He thinks of the results of his efforts and how they will affect the safety of others at UT. He has become an excellent leader in the shop by working and leading with integrity and stewardship.
Assistant Supervisor, General Construction Shop
Following retirement of an assistant supervisor, Keith assumed those duties in addition to his own assignments. He took the initiative to learn FAMIS and the many aspects of the assistant supervisor position. Keith exemplified leadership skills in dealing with customers and keeping work orders going while the supervisor was on vacation. His willingness to take on extra responsibilities without compensation demonstrates his loyalty to the university and his organization.
Team Award Winners – PRC Solar Project
Congratulations to the PRC Solar Project team for winning the 2011 Team SITES award! The largest solar array in Austin was completed in May 2011. This team, which includes electrical, grounds, carpentry, paint, general construction, custodial, and administrative support, played a critical part getting the area ready for the ceremony.
Night shift employees pictured at left: Amelia Rangel, Vicenta Ayala, Mirma Salguero de Recinos, Maria Remigio, Gloria Muñoz de Ramirez, Tony Gonzales. Not pictured: Simona Reyes
Day shift employees pictured below: (back row, from left) Kirk Nunn, David Morine, Steve Kelley, James Jenkins, Jack Gracia, Randy Ellis, Scott Cummings, Patrick Buckner, Joe Martinec; (second row, from left) Bobby Roberson, Ron Roberts, James Williams, John Sanchez, Irma Ureña, Rickie Rieck, John Mikes, Javier Hurtado-Lopez, Fess Habte-Ab, Terry Craddock, Constance Meyer, Karen Acheson; (center, from left) Juan Nuñez, Ray Torres. Not pictured: John Pinson, Jimmy Crooks, Gary Kuhlman, Tom Toovey, Fernando Velazquez