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PPD Completes Sun Terrace Renovation
Physical Plant's Health Science Center Paint Crew has recently completed a major deck renovation project at the Sun
Terrace. The entire deck was stripped, sanded, and then re-painted with a water-resistant coating. In all, the crew re-painted some
465,000 square feet of concrete.
"This project came about because the
existing coating on the Sun Terrace deck
was creating leaks in the building roof un-
derneath," said Maintenance Superinten-
dent Jim Thompson. "The existing coat-
ing was supposed to be waterproof, but
during periods of heavy rainfall it would
allow water to seep through into the con-
crete beneath. The coating prevented the
water from evaporating back out, how-
ever, and the trapped pockets of water P 0
eventually began forcing their way '
through the concrete and into the build- '
The university entered into litigation
with the contractor who had applied the
original coating, requiring the company
to come back out and remove the coat-
ing. Meanwhile, Thompson began re- Overhead shot of the finished Sun Terrace deck. PPD employees
searching replacement products for the spent over 1300 hours (including many nights and weekends) re-
he Sun Terrace is made up of con- painting the deck, at a considerable savings to the University over
"The Sun Terrace is made up of con-contractors.
create slabs atop a layer of sand, with a using outside contractors.
metal foundation," he said. "There are
small expansionjoints between the slabs,
filled with a foam sealant substance. Palm Pilots
These joints allow the concrete to expand
and contract slightly due to temperature PPD Grounds employees
variations. Because of the continual ex- Steve Corbitt (left front)
pension and contraction of the concrete and Keith Gaylord (right)
slabs, it's impossible to ever completely maneuver a crane-
waterproof the deck. Therefore, we de- suspended Robillini palm
cided to go with a water-repellent coat- tree into place in front of
ing, which would allow some water to the Harn Museum of Art.
pass through during heavy rain, but would The Robillini palms,
also allow the water to evaporate back
out, preventing leaks." along with Zamia shrub-
beries, were installed at
With the old coating removed and series, were installed a
the museum entrance as
the deck ready for re-sealing, Thompson part of a landscaping
asked for permission to have his crew part of a landscaping
apply the new coating, rather than bring- upgrade at the beginning
of Fall semester.
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VOLUME XXII, No. 4
End Of An Era: Al Krause Leaves PPD
When Al Krause came to the University of Florida in February of 1988, he had no idea that he would leave, eighteen years
later, as the architect of one of the most successful institutional recycling programs in the United States. The retired Army
veteran, who had risen to the rank of major during his twenty years in the armed services, was just looking for ajob.
"I had just retired from the military," he said. "My wife and I had moved to Florida, down to Miami, to live near some older
relatives of hers, and those relatives had passed away. So I started looking for work, and I came up here to Gainesville to the
University to drop off my resume. It just so happened that as I was in the personnel office, they were looking for someone with
my qualifications to fill a position at the Physical Plant. So I went for an interview the same day, and I ended up getting the job."
Originally, Al was hired to develop and implement policies and procedures for PPD to deal with outside contractors. But
when Florida's Solid Waste Management Act was passed in 1988, UF (along with all other state institutions) was required by law
to implement a recycling initiative on campus. Then-PPD Director
Robert Kramer offered Al the position of coordinator of the fledgling
program, and he accepted. Thus, the university's Recycling Program
"In the beginning, I had no budget, and I wasn't allowed to hire
any employees for the recycling program," Al said. "That was part of
the state law the thinking at that time was that recycling would be a
0 gold mine of riches. Everybody thought that we would take garbage
and magically convert it to material for industry and make big bucks,
S and we'd make so much that the recycling program would be able to
support itself without any money from the state. In reality, things were
quite a bit different! I had to borrow money from another department,
with the promise that I'd pay it back by the end of the year, just to get
off the ground that first year."
Al began putting the pieces in place for the program as quickly
as possible. He combed the campus, looking at waste types and the
activities that created them, and figured out what types of waste ma-
Outgoing PPD Recycling Coordinator Al trial were the best candidates for recycling. "Yard waste, paper, con-
Krause, left, receives a plaque and congratula- create and scrap metal," he said. "Those were the items that brought in
tions from Assistant Vice President Dave the most revenue at the beginning, and those are still our most valu-
O'Brien at Krause's retirement ceremony. able recyclable resources."
The program began to move into gear. Each campus building's
waste paper output was calculated and collection bins were allocated as necessary. Yard waste was collected, composted and
turned into mulch. Al contracted with a local rock crushing company to crush old cement, and he located a buying outlet in
Gainesville to purchase scrap metal.
"We ended up re-defining a lot of old metal surplus property as scrap, since it was being disposed of anyway," Al explained.
"This allowed us to classify it as refuse under the state guidelines, and therefore we were able to recover and sell it in order to
fund the program."
Thanks to Al's efforts, UF's recycling program hit the state goal of recycling 30% of campus waste after just eighteen
months, creating significant savings for the University. And the program continued to grow as more members of campus became
aware of its existence and began recycling. It grew so much, in fact, that Al began to realize that this was much more than a one-
"At a certain point, I realized that I was going to have to have some help to manage this thing," he said, smiling. "So after a
few years, I got an OPS assistant, a student, to work with me. And then in 1999, I finally was able to hire a full-time employee,
Steve Butler, for the recycling program, and he's been with us ever since."
Although having an extra employee made a big difference for the program, Al still saw opportunity for continued growth in
PPD's recycling effort. "I knew that our program could never reach its full potential with the resources that we were operating
with at that time," he said. "So in 2000, I asked for, and received, control of the entire Solid Waste Management office at Physical
Plant. This allowed us to create a comprehensive, integrated waste management program, and opened up many new opportunities
for our recycling efforts. We were able to expand our paper recycling program to include dumpsters, compactors and balers on
campus. We could use the garbage trucks to haul more waste and increase our productivity. Our increased manpower and
resources allowed us to begin recycling items such as plastics, and chemical and automotive waste."
Today the University of Florida recycling program stands among the best in the nation. Annually, an average of 37% of the
total campus waste is recycled, and that number is increasing every year. "We recycle almost everything that Physical Plant
touches," says Al Krause.
"Al has been running our program for so long that his name is synonymous with recycling here at Physical Plant and the
University of Florida," said PPD Assistant Vice President Dave O'Brien. "He has built the program from the ground up, and has
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7A Assistant Vice President: Dave 0 'Brien
Building Services Introduces New And Improved
When Physical Plant tallied up the results from its most recent Customer Satis-
faction surveys, one of the major areas our customers felt we could improve was the
quality of our bathroom products. So to that end, PPD Building Services has intro-
duced a new line of paper towels and tissue to campus restrooms, as well as new
foaming soap dispensers.
Building Services Asst. Director Derrick Bacon said, "Many of our customers
indicated in the surveys that our old products were too rough, and that our old dis-
pensers didn't always allow easy access to the products. Our new paper products are
much softer, and our foaming soap dispensers were selected to offset the increased
costs of the paper products the foam soap is designed to allow customers to sanitize
their hands while using less actual soap than our previous dispensers. These products
are all also environmentally friendly."
Bacon said that all restrooms on campus have received the new products, with
S- the exception of the Reitz Union, football stadium, and campus housing, which are
Senior Custodial Supv Kathy not under Building Services' jurisdiction. Customer feedback so far has been over-
Robinson re-loads a new paper whelmingly positive PPD has received dozens of letters and emails commending
towel dispenser at Carr Hall. the new restroom products.
"Building Services is committed to providing excellent service to our customers,
and to ensure that their work environment is clean, safe and healthy," said Bacon. "Our customer surveys are an outstanding tool
for gauging the success of our efforts, and to find out what we can do better to please our customers."
In reference to other upcoming changes, the Assistant Director mentioned Building Services' efforts to become more envi-
ronmentally friendly in its cleaning methods. "Our next goal is to use 'Green Cleaning' initiatives to improve our products and
cleaning procedures," he said. "We have begun making a real effort to begin using environmentally friendly products and prac-
tices on a larger scale, and that will be a big part of what we do in the future."
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ing in another outside contractor. "My major reason for
wanting to handle the project in-house was that I knew if
our guys did it, it would be done right," he said. "Our crew
put in a lot of hours on this job they worked weekends and
nights in order to work around the heavy foot traffic on the
deck during the days. Everything was done by the book -
we were constantly monitoring dew points, concrete tem-
perature, all the variables that were necessary to getting the
new coating down correctly. PPD Grounds Department
helped us out greatly by moving over fifty fiberglass plant-
ers around the deck to give us space. Our employees really PPD Health Science Center employees who worked on
exerted themselves to finish this project in a timely manner, the project included (left toright): Jessie Matthews,
and I'm very proud of their work." Harley Ingle, Paul McComis, Ben Werts, Charlie
Jerry Kidney, Asst. Vice President for Health Affairs at Seroki, Danny Moore, Peder Winkle, and Kinney
the HSC, said, "Thanks to the excellent collaboration among Standridge.
the divisions of the Physical Plant Division, the HSC Sun
Terrace renovation project is an extraordinary example of function, creativity, and beauty, not to mention being the culmination
of a great deal of hard work on the part of many. The Sun
Terrace has become an inviting outdoor setting for stu-
dents, staff, faculty, and visitors, and the people of the
Health Science Center are extremely grateful for the ef-
forts that have been focused on this important area."
The new coating consists of two coats of stain, one
coat of sealer, and one coat of "safety grit" to improve
footing on the deck surface. According to Thompson, the
new coating will last 5-10 years with minor maintenance
and touch-up. "This project has been a resounding suc-
PPD Grounds Department took care of moving the 50+ cess for the PPD Health Science Center," he said. "The
fiberglass planters to give the painters space during the results look fantastic, and by using our in-house crew, we
Sun Terrace renovation. saved quite a bit of money for the University of Florida."
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RECYCLING Cont. From Page 2
done an outstandingjob of managing our resources. Al has created a recycling effort that consistently exceeds the standards set
by the State of Florida, and has brought UF and PPD national acclaim."
It would not be possible to list everyone who helped make the recycling program a success over the years, according to Al.
"There were literally thousands of people who have helped build the program some in an official capacity, some as volunteers,
some in countless other ways," he said. "I would, however, like to thank PPD Director Dave O'Brien, VP of Finance and
Administration Ed Poppell, and PPD Associate Director of Operations Eric Cochran. They have all been extremely supportive,
reliable and helpful through the years, and gave our recycling program their whole-hearted support. Also, the day-to-day contri-
butions of UF and PPD staff have been invaluable, and much appreciated.
There are just so many people who gave time and effort and really made the
program and myself a success."
Following Al's retirement, Dale Morris will take over as Recycling/Solid
Waste Coordinator at Physical Plant, and the outgoing coordinator says the
program is in good hands. "Dale is a great choice to take this program to the
next level," Al said. "He's very qualified and very capable, and will be able
to maintain and improve our recycling efforts for the future."
Dale comes to PPD from Ocala Recycling, where he served as the non-
metals recycling coordinator for the Ocala/Marion County area for the past
two years. Dale was born in Michigan, and moved to Florida when he was 15
years old. He received his bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management
from the UF, and when a friend alerted him to the job opening at PPD, he
wasted no time in putting in his application.
"I felt that thejob looked like a perfect fit for me," he said. "I'm familiar
with UF and university processes, and I have been extremely impressed by Incoming Coordinator Dale Morris plans
the overall recycling program that Al has put together. This is a very well- to continue PPD's tradition of excel-
constructed program it's not like I'm stepping into a position that requires a lence in recycling.
major overhaul to work efficiently. At the same time, though, I certainly have
some ideas, and I feel that I can contribute to areas of growth within the program."
One area for growth that Dale is working to address right away is recycling of trash on football game days. "We currently use
cardboard trash boxes to collect litter on football Saturdays," he explained. "In the past, there was an issue with not enough trash
receptacles, and fans would just pile trash bags all over campus, and it was a real eyesore. Al came up with the idea to set out the
trash boxes on game days, and that has been a great solution to the problem of garbage all over campus, and has cleaned things
up in a major way. But now I want to take that next step and start recycling that trash. I plan to offer recycling boxes next to
regular trash receptacles, and to give fans the opportunity to separate and recycle their garbage both inside and outside the
stadium we currently don't have a recycling initiative for inside the stadium on game days, and I plan to change that in the near
As a member of the Office of Sustainability's Zero Waste Task Force, Dale knows the importance UF's administration places
on recycling, both now and in the future. "I plan to work closely with the Office of Sustainability and raise awareness of our
recycling program as much as possible," he said. "That will be a huge focus of my job here, as we work towards the University's
goal of being a zero-waste institution. At the same time, I'm working to advance our immediate goal of being the best university
recycling program in the country. As the flagship university recycling program in the state of Florida, other state institutions look
to us for guidance, and I plan to continue our role of innovation and leadership in this area."
Still, the future expansion of the UF recycling program will be largely dependent on the amount of support that it receives
from the university community, according to Al Krause. He said, "To take that next step forward, we need co-operation from
other areas of campus, other departments there is much that can be done to help PPD with our recycling efforts, and I hope that
the rest of campus will follow suit and increase their participation in our program. Besides creating revenue for the University
and saving money, recycling enhances our image and contributes to the sustainability of our local and global community, and
minimizing our trash output is a goal we should all be working towards. The most environmentally friendly thing that people can
do is to reduce your consumption at the source buy only those things that you really need, avoid excessive packaging, and buy
durable, repairable items. Reducing waste is mainly a matter of reducing consumption, buying things that will last, and diverting
useful things to people who can use them."