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Facilities Built on Solid Foundation of Teamwork

Facilities Management has assembled a strong leadership base to handle the more than $94 million worth of campus projects currently in design, under construction or that were completed in 2006. (For a rundown of the various project phases, see sidebar.)

John McEnrue, who was hired as director of Facilities Design and Construction in May 2005, and Brian Pine, who arrived as director of Facilities Operations and Maintenance in May 2006, have joined John Shupe, assistant vice president of Facilities Management, to enhance the vision of the campus.

Facilities Design and Construction is responsible for creating the buildings that will be taken care of by Facilities Operations and Maintenance.

"We have a great team in place that is excited to bring significant changes and improvements to campus facilities," said Shupe.

The Design and Construction team relies on the experiences and technical expertise of the Maintenance and Operations team in guiding them and consultants through the multiple layers of design. That process allows the operational staff more accessibility to the design of buildings they will be responsible for in the future.

It is McEnrue's job to meet with clients to determine what program needs are on campus. He establishes a budget and works through the design process to make sure projects are kept on schedule and within budget. He supervises the in-house design staff that includes the campus architects, designers, construction managers and construction coordinator.

McEnrue came to New Paltz from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie where he worked as the capital project manager. He also worked as construction manager for Anderson DeBartolo Pan, an international design and construction firm in Tucson, Ariz., and a value engineer for the New York City Office of Management and Budget.

He earned his B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wy., and is pursuing a MBA at New Paltz.

Pine's job is to ensure that the campus buildings and grounds are in working order. He is responsible for the areas of custodial, maintenance and plant utility engineering.

In addition to the day-to-day responsibilities of keeping the campus running, Pine works on strategic projects such as energy conservation and recycling and works closely with offices such as Environmental Health and Safety.

Pine worked at the college from 2002 to 2004 in the Electrical Shop. He also has 23 years of working in facilities operations for Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake and the New York State Department of Corrections.

Pine has a B.S. in Business Management and Economics from Empire State College and is taking foundation courses for a MBA at New Paltz.

Shupe, McEnrue and Pine agree that the college is a service oriented institution and all are eager to work together to maximize the potential of the campus and to strike a balance between the needs of each department.

"When we strive to meet that goal, it can only benefit the New Paltz campus, because we all have an investment in it," Pine said.



The management team sitting around a table.

Left to Right: Brian Pine, John McEnrue and John Shupe.

Facilities Management at work Design and Construction There are more than 20 projects in design, totaling more than $55.1 million, including:

  • Humanities Building air-conditioning
  • Student Union Building extension
  • Old Main Building renovation
  • Service Building solar panel project
  • Lecture Center and Elting Gym roof replacements

There are more than six projects under construction, worth more than $3.3 million, including:

  • Haggerty Administration Building renovation
  • van den Berg Hall new front doors
  • campus signage

Maintenance and Operations
There are more than 16 projects that were completed in 2006, valued at more than $35.5 million, including:

  • Athletic and Wellness Center construction
  • van den Berg Hall renovation, Phases I and II
  • Student Union Building dining area renovation
  • Welcome Center construction
  • Human Resources and Payroll office renovations

December 18 , 2006
Volume 4, Issue 24

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