Facility managers keep buildings running smoothly

By Susan C. Galentine, Directorate of Public WorksJuly 10, 2023

Facility managers keep buildings running smoothly
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Rob Wuchner, fire inspector, Directorate of Emergency Services, teaches Soldiers and civilian facility managers about fire prevention safety during the Directorate of Public Works Facility Management Class provided June 13-14, 2023, at building 1219. (Photo Credit: Susan C. Galentine) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Whether conducting vehicle maintenance in the older motor pools along Minick Avenue, which date to the 1960s-70s, or working in newer buildings out at Butts Army Heliport assigned to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, facility management is important to keep buildings running efficiently.

With such a range of building construction eras, facility management is a mix of ensuring older buildings are maintained to maximize energy efficiency and comfort; and, in newer buildings, occupants understand the more technical lighting and heating and air conditioning systems in place.

The Directorate of Public Works (DPW) staff is focused on supporting military units and organizations on post. One effective way units and organizations can get timely help from the DPW is by assigning facility managers to address maintenance and repair problems. In many respects, trained facilities managers serve as the eyes and ears of their commands when dealing with building issues.

“With over 1,000 facilities on Fort Carson, facility managers are likely the first ones to notice if something is wrong with their facility,” said Doug Homa, DPW Operations and Maintenance Division chief. “Facility managers play a key role in identifying and communicating issues to the base operations service desk. Their actions can ultimately save the installation time and money when issues are identified early.”

The DPW offers several training opportunities and tools to unit and civilian facility managers to prepare them for their role. The first step for a newly assigned facility manager is to sign up for the DPW Facility Management Class, which includes instruction on all aspects of facility management. Unit leadership ensuring facility managers are assigned to barracks is especially critical to addressing occupant issues quickly.

The two-day class covers topics including placing service orders, energy conservation, recycling, barracks equipment replacement, processing work requests for new projects and Fire Warden responsibilities.

The class is offered once a month, Tuesday through Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in building 1219 on third floor in the Sunlight Conference Room.

The remaining training dates for 2023 are:

·        Aug. 8-9

·        Sept. 12-13

·        Oct. 17-18

·        Nov. 14-15

·        December No class

To register Soldiers for the training, brigade training NCOs need to contact the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Individual Military Training Office/Troop Schools.

For more information about the DPW Facility Management Class, call 719-725-4938 or email susan.c.galentine.civ@army.mil.