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Nov. 30, 2007  Communique

‘Green’ construction leader to direct Facilities Services

An engineer who led the construction of the first certified environmentally friendly higher education building in Colorado will direct the Department of Facilities Services at UCCS.

Gary Reynolds, former director of facilities services at Colorado College, will begin at UCCS Monday and will lead efforts to construct new buildings at UCCS as well as the maintenance of current campus buildings and grounds. His appointment was announced by Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance.

“We are delighted that Gary will be joining our campus,” Burnett said. “He has more than 25 years of college and university construction and management experience that will help improve the UCCS campus and lead its continuing construction program.”

For more than 10 years, Reynolds served as Colorado College’s director of facilities services, providing oversight for operations, maintenance, capital planning, construction and utilities in addition to transportation and security services. He led the construction of Tutt Science Center at the college, which became Colorado higher education’s first “green” building by achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) national certification.

Previously, Reynolds served in several positions during 16 years at Iowa State University, Ames. His positions included director of facilities management, associate director, assistant director and heading the university’s facilities engineering and energy management offices. At Iowa State, he also served as a part-time instructor of mechanical engineering courses. He is a certified ski instructor, certified flight instructor and a management training facilitator. He began his professional career as a mechanical engineer in the private sector.

“I am pleased and very excited to be joining the UCCS family and to be a part of its fast-growing future.  The university has made it a high priority to provide continued leadership in sustainability and I look forward to being a part of that effort through excellent design and operations of the university’s facilities.”

Environmental sustainability is a cornerstone of UCCS strategic planning. The campus recently opened its first “green” building, a campus recreation center, and launched a campus-wide recycling program. Other efforts include energy conservation, renovations to make existing buildings more efficient, and new construction to meet LEED standards.

Reynolds holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Iowa State University, is licensed as a professional mechanical engineer and certified as an Iowa Class A Energy Auditor. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Colorado Engineering Society, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, and the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers where he served as president.