Facilities Managers Recognition Awards 2014: Steve Bartlett, county of Sonoma

Maintenance program manager, County of Sonoma, 2300 County Center Dr., Ste. A220, Santa Rosa 95403, 707-565-6108, sonoma-county.org

Age: 55

Residence: Sebastopol

Professional background: General contractor, certified facility manager

Education: County training program including supervisory modules, executive development and certified facility manager (CFM) credentials through International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Staff: Currently 27 building mechanics, three assistant building superintendents and one project specialist.

Describe the facilities you oversee: For the county government, I oversee office space, the animal shelter, morgue, juvenile and adult detention facilities, Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, biosafety laboratory, central mechanical plant, regional park buildings, veteran’s buildings, sheriff and 911 facilities, county data center and corporation yards.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a fourth-generation Sonoma County resident who spent 20 years in general construction prior to employment with the county. In 1997 I was hired by the General Services Department as a building mechanic for facility operations and served as a project specialist for a year before becoming an assistant building superintendent in 2004. I successfully competed for the assistant facility manager position and spent a year as acting facility manager before assuming my current position.

What achievements are you most proud of?: The successful projects that showcase the talent we have on our mechanic team. Together we built the biosafety lab in 88 days, secured a grant for the county that gives it greater ability to analyze potential health threats and installed water controls at our Main Adult Detention Facility that saves approximately 16 million gallons annually.

Recently our team developed a simple, cost-effective method for hardening detention facility doors without extensive jamb modifications, producing large resource savings.

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