Gary Wilkin, an engineer in the Office of Planning +
Design + Construction, has been a UC employee for 22 years and has worked on
the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Rehabilitation Project since 2007 (it began
in 2004 with groundbreaking for the CARE/Crawley Building and is scheduled for completion in December 2014). He took time out
this week to answer our questions about his involvement with the project.
are you from, and what was your background before coming to UC?
I grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio, and ran the family heating,
ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) business that my grandfather had
started in 1947, then came to Cincinnati in 1986 and worked with Kuempel
Service as a project manager before starting work at UC in 1991.
other projects at UC have you worked on?
I have worked on the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
renovations, University Pavilion, the MainStreet project and a host of other
smaller projects through the years
are your main duties, and what is a typical day for you?
The main duty is probably trying to coordinate
construction activities with everybody, which includes the contractors
themselves as well as the occupants of the building, the designers and
combinations of everyone to try and keep things running as smoothly as possible
without complaints and on schedule.
is the best part of your job?
I enjoy working with the contractors and the UC
departments and getting to know them and feel privileged for my time and
involvement over the years on the projects I have worked on. My time here at UC
has flown by, knowing that all jobs end so if things are not the best on one it
will change eventually.
has it been like to see the MSB project take shape?
Being from a mechanical background I had worked in the
MSB building early in my years here at UC so it has been fun to watch and help
the upgrade of the facility from the old technology that it was when built in
the ’70s to the much more efficient systems that are being installed now to
help reduce the building’s utility cost and keep the structure more completive
in today research world.
do you like to do in your time away from work?
More construction—I bought a large, old three-family
house in East Walnut Hills that I am renovating so I can keep honing my skills!