Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)/ USDA Forest Service
As a HACU intern I worked for the USDA Forest Service in the Washington (WO) Engineering and Sustainable Operations. During this time I have worked for WO and with Regions 2, 4 and 8.I have developed office building space guidelines project for the leasing office in R2 implementing space requirements, USDA Space Management Policy, and GSA Mobile Workspace on my floor plans designs. The designs will be used to develop three alternatives for a typical public lands center office that includes both Forest Service and BLM employees. I developed bubble diagrams to show the relationships between staff areas to demonstrate layouts efficiencies.In support of Region 4, I prepared sixteen sets of plans for the Cathedral Rock Toilet and Shower project. On this project I cleaned the main package line weight of the drawing file so it could be read and understood. The different sets created: 2 unit vault, 2 unit flush, 4 unit flush, 6 unit flush, 2 unit flush and shower and compiling them in groups of photovoltaic, passive ventilation, mechanical ventilation, electricity for heat/hot water, propane for heat/hot water with their respective structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical drawings.I assisted Region 8 in three different projects. First, I reviewed the Appalachian Ranger District Administrative Office set of plans to verify the compliance between the architectural set with the civil, structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical drawings. I identified the discrepancies between sets and submitted them to R8 to be incorporated in the project construction documents. Next, I developed cut sheets sets for the Toilet Accessories, Plumbing Fixtures, and Electrical Fixtures for the Twin Knobs Toilet Rehab Project. The cut sheets package was sent to the Forest's COR for their use in administering the contract of the project. Also, I prepared a market research of commercially available Construction Management (CM) Systems that will be part of a business case of the R8. The information was collected from twenty-four vendors including Primavera, Newforma, and Submittal Exchange via phone/emails communications. The data acquired was used to conclude that only seventeen of the CM systems support design phase activities, and that parameter is a main selection criterion for the Region. For the WO, I have compiled and updated the High Performance and Sustainable Buildings (HPSB) list for the FY2011 data call. Furthermore, I have reviewed the Guiding Principles, the EISA and Greenhouse Gas Scorecard and the Executive Orders 13514 and 13423. I have developed a graphic summary to clarify the relationships between these evaluations systems guidelines to simplify the assessment of the Forest Service facilities. For Sustainable Business Operations I have coordinated the Lighten Your Load Event to execute it in the WO Engineering. This event was created to reduce energy consumption by excessing unused/underused electrical equipment such as computers, printers, telephone, etc. I also coordinated the Power It Down Day, created to reduce energy consumption by shutting down and unplugging electrical equipment for a whole weekend at Rosslyn, VA. I tutored the WO Engineering staff the benefits of shutting down and unplugging to reduce our energy consumption. I have also prepared an article for the Sustainable Operations Website (www.fs.fed.us/sustainableoperations/documents/asc-leed-building.pdf) regarding the sustainable features of the new Albuquerque Service Center building located in Albuquerque, NM.