Includes excerpts from an article written by Maureen Rose, U.S. Army Public Affairs, for ‘The Gold Standard’ (12/13/12)
The U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program’s “Better Buildings Federal Award” recognizes the federal government’s highest-performing buildings through a competition to reduce annual energy use intensity (Btu per square foot of facility space) on a year-over-year basis. Out of hundreds of applicants for the award, eight semifinalists were named, one of which was Fort Knox, KY.
“A lot of the credit for this award goes to Wolverine Services and their people,” said Michael Hall, maintenance manager for the Fort Knox Directorate of Logistics. “We asked them to partner with us in this venture, and they did – it went really well.”
When the 12 months of data were evaluated to determine which of the eight semifinalists showed the largest improvement in energy efficiency, Fort Knox placed second for the Boatwright Maintenance Park. “Since we were the only winner in the Department of Defense, I like to think we’re number one in DoD,” said Pat Walsh, director of the Department of Public Works at Fort Knox.
Wolverine Services exclusively occupies several buildings with some government personnel in the Boatwright complex. “Our employees were diligent to implement the energy saving recommendations that were provided,” said Rachel Donaldson, Wolverine Services’ onsite administrative assistant. “We also are careful to replace worn or broken equipment with energy efficient replacements and consolidate some of the work done in the maintenance bays which created a reduction in energy usage.”
Wolverine Services has the post contract for transportation, supply, maintenance, fuel, hazmat and other areas of logistics support at Fort Knox.