By Bill Couch, Naval Facilities Engineer 226F ing Command Midwest Public Affairs
CHICAGO (NNS) -- A Naval Facilities Engineering Command Midwest architect at Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) was among federal employees recognized for exemplary performance at an awards luncheon in Chicago May 6.
At the Chicago Federal Executive Board's annual Federal Employee of the Year awards event, Public Works Department (PWD) Great Lakes architect and community planner Geoffrey Malia won in the category of Outstanding Professional Employee.
Malia, the sole architect and community planner in the PWD's asset management branch, was recognized for outstanding development and efficient management of NSGL facilities information, which has ensured that the site of the Navy's only boot camp receives the maintenance and construction funding it needs.
"Geoff's cooperation with the multitude of functional users on the installation is exemplary," said PWD Great Lakes Public Works Officer Cmdr. Mike Crafts. "His knowledge of facilities, his initiative and insight to resolve client needs, and his collaborative approach cultivate an environment that gets results."
Malia serves as NSGL's community planner for short- and long-term development on base, including the demolition program and individual construction projects planned for the next 10 years. Those projects range in size from $500,000 to $68 million, as well as the ongoing $92 million Great Lakes Steam Decentralization project.
The Federal Employee of the Year program covers more than 55,000 federal employees who work for 43 agencies in an 11-county metropolitan area near Chicago. The awards, now in their 57th year, recognize outstanding performance and valuable contributions made by federal employees as they serve the nation.