Phone: (865) 974-3146
Fax: (865) 974-7786
— Begin position of Director in 2017
— Prior Experience: Construction Team General Superintendent at Facilities Services
— Chuck Thompson Award Winner 2006
Many projects, such as classroom upgrades, take place over the summer break. These projects require a great deal of planning with the campus departments as well as vendors to ensure everything is completed before the beginning of the fall semester.
Some of the Construction Team’s responsibilities include:
- New Construction
- New Loading Docks and Handicap Ramps
- Outdoor Lighting
- Other Major Building Projects
The Construction Unit’s in-house architect also coordinates with Estimating Services to work out specific details of the project before it begins. This helps the flow of the entire project by ensuring the group is proactive vs. reactive.
Building Finishes also oversees Painting & Sign Services which includes a crew of room painters as well as a crew that is responsible for exterior signage and interior signage through the UT campus.
Accessibility for the Disabled:
Building Finishes coordinates curb cuts in streets and sidewalks, installation of ramps, lever handles, visual alarm systems and other devices. The team also organizes construction or maintenance services required for appropriate accessibility for the disabled. The Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Services is a member of the various campus committees which generally oversee accessibility for disabled individuals. For information about these programs, contact the Associate Vice Chancellor (208 Facilities Services Building, 974-2178).
Building Finishes oversees a crew of room painters who perform 99% of the maintenance painting for all public areas in all campus buildings. Painting Services is also responsible for the repair and finish of sheetrock and interior/exterior plaster. The group also sandblasts and pressure washes buildings and hardscape on grounds. For painting questions contact Building Finishes at 974-7764.
The Facilities Operations Sign Shop is responsible for exterior signage and interior signage throughout the UT campus. They also specialize in engraving for desk plates and room identification plates. The Sign Shop has the ability to make banners for any occasion. For those specialty jobs, they can also provide customer letters and graphics to fit your needs. For sign questions contact Sign Services at 974-6821.
This subunit took over the responsibility for the TVA Energy Road Map, which includes energy auditing of buildings and working with College of Engineering students on senior design projects that benefit campus by conserving energy. The STAR Team also identifies and implements energy saving projects to be used for the green fee revolving loan fund as part of the road-map.
The STAR Team is leading the way to predictive maintenance techniques with vibration analysis, shaft alignment, and thermal analysis. Zone Maintenance acquired the equipment to do this type of work and is now training Zone Maintenance personnel to use it to balance all the equipment on campus to maximize efficiency.