D'Angelo promoted to Facilities Director
After serving the Bowdoin facilities department for over seven years, Dave D'Angelo was recently promoted from Associate Director to the position of Director of Facilities Management. D'Angelo received the appointment as a result of a national search in which the college received over 200 applications, Bill Torrey said in a letter to the college community last week.
When asked about the new direction that he hopes to lead the Department, D'Angelo replied, "we're in a planning process to look at the long term maintenance of the buildings. We've just come out of a phase where we built over $100 million worth of projects in the last seven years. I believe it is very important to focus on the buildings that we have and do some renovations to them."
Commenting on the responsibilities of his new position, Mr. D'Angelo stated, "the Director of Facilities sets a tone. I'm really here to support the other people in Facilities so that they can do what they need to do to maintain the building. I am the person that, through my interactions with the senior staff, has the vision of where we need to get to."
There are one hundred and seventeen buildings associated with Bowdoin, both on and off campus, and the facilities maintenance staff consists of 125 employees.
"The latest building that we're working on is a new academic building, Kanbar Hall," Mr. D'Angelo said. Recent projects include the newly completed Outdoor Leadership Center and the children's center, which will be completed by January first, D'Angelo said.
He acknowledged the success of the buildings completed under the guidance of the Facilities Department: "I like the fact that the buildings that we've built have had a level of quality to them that I can be proud of as a member of a team. We've won at least one award for every building that we have built. And we've developed processes that we've had colleges from all over the country call up and ask 'how are you doing this?"
As someone who has had worked at several other companies, Mr. D'Angelo concedes, "Bowdoin is a very special place. There's a quality to the design of the buildings that the students who inhabit them can get something out of. It's my opinion that students experience the architecture of Bowdoin every day, and it has an impact on their thought processes."