Andy Udell, left, accepts the 2018 Building Manager of the Year award at Georgia Tech's Building Manager Symposium March 19 from Mark Demyanek, assistant vice president of facilities operations and maintenance. (Photo: Allison Carter)
Georgia Tech’s facilities office has named Andy Udell the Building Manager of the Year for 2018.
Udell, who oversees all of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s facilities, accepted the award at the Building Manager Symposium March 19. It recognizes a manager who has excelled in supporting safety, preparedness and security initiatives in their building, according to award materials.
“Building Manager of the Year is awarded based on nominations from other building managers and zone maintenance managers,” Udell said. “I think it is a great honor to be awarded this from my contemporaries.”
Udell has been part of the School’s facilities team for 20 years. As the facilities manager, he oversees the maintenance and operation of three buildings and dozens of teaching and research labs. He’s also responsible for experimental design and setup in collaboration with student and faculty researchers and training students on experimental procedure, lab and machine-shop safety, fabrication techniques, welding and more.
“Andy’s years of experience and good rapport with Georgia Tech’s facilities team have served the School well,” said Donald Webster, associate chair for administration and finance. “Along with his team, he keeps our buildings, labs and equipment in top shape and helps our researchers design critical experiments. Our students also have come to rely on Andy for his expertise, especially the [American Society of Civil Engineers] students.”
Udell has long served as an adviser to Tech’s ASCE student chapter, including helping the chapter’s steel bridge team design, fabricate and test their structure for regional and national competition.