Central

Silver Arrow Awards

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Awardee:
Michael Lavera

Date:
June 3, 2005

This award is recognition of Michael Lavera in studying, testing and receiving the Storm Water Management operator's certification. The Central Power Plant (CPP) Chemist had retired in January 2005 which left the CPP without a qualified operator as required by the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Lavera empowered himself and on his own time studied and acquired the license. This action of empowerment and dedication to the University is an example of a CPP Team member participating in the Plant Operations Vision 2005 program and insuring that "Plant Operations will be an organization where ..... We will be a learning organization, where all staff members are empowered and supported in reaching their full potential. Plant Operations will be a workplace where the atmosphere of trust encourages creativity and innovation." This action also falls into several of the guiding principles of vision 2005 which we follow to meet our goals and mission.

"Empowerment - All team members are invested with the freedoms and responsibilities inherent in making decisions that affect their own work lives.

Innovation - Improvement in all areas is essential, requiring creativity, challenging ourselves, and learning from our mistakes.

Environmental Responsibility - We must respect the environment by preserving resources, reducing waste, and recycling."

Mr. Lavera's actions also act as an inspiration to other CPP Team members to fulfill Plant Operation's Vision 2005 mission.

Awardee:
James D. Watterson

Date:
May 3, 2005

On 5/3/05 DPS and Network Services had to make a physical security assessment of CPP. James assisted us by taking us through the entire CPP. We could not have done this without his knowledge. He was real busy that day but took the time out for us. He demonstrates great customer service. With his help we will be able to assess the physical security and apply changes. Thanks so much Jim for your help.
Bev Bricker

Awardee:
Thomas Prince

Date:
April 16, 2005

Tom Prince has shown outstanding performance by responding to callouts late at night and on the weekend, over a three day period. One callout in particular was early morning on April 16, 2005. Gas Turbine Generator #10 went down due to lube oil cooler temperature control problems. Using his previous knowledge as an Operator and his training as an Instrument Technician, Tom was able to isolate the fault to a bad control valve. He was able to make repairs and calibrate the valve without any assistance. While doing this he discovered an additional fault with an Air Supply Regulator and made repairs. Because of Tom’s timely repairs, the Central Power Plant was able to get the generator back online in short order and with minimal downtime. Congratulations on a job well done.

Awardee:
Robert F. Adams

Date:
April 11, 2005

Bob Adams has shown outstanding performance by working on #1 Turbine Generator on April 8th thru the 11th. This generator had a speed control problem which consistently oscillated and was a long time problem. By working with the Peaker Services tech rep and working many long hours, Bob was able to make repairs to the Turbine Generator speed control. Because of these repairs the Operations Department was able to get the needed generator back on time and the generator now runs more efficiently, saving the University money in operating cost. By working with the tech rep Bob was able to learn valuable technical information that he could use himself and to pass on to the rest of the department for future troubleshooting. Congratulations on a job well done.

Awardees:
Mark Sundling
Steven Oerther
Hilroy Poitier
Michael Lavera

Volunteering to write operational procedures for the Procedure Management System (PMS) project. The PMS project was initiated in response to a Safety Assessment Study of the Central Power Plant (CPP) by ABS Consulting. The objective of this study was to perform a safety assessment of the major equipment in the CPP, with particular attention to operational, maintenance, and emergency procedures. The study made a finding indicating the CPP did not have an organized system in place for a full set of operational procedures to insure proper training of key equipment and systems to employees. The Rouge plant incident investigation found a similar finding as a contributing cause to a gas explosion in the plant where people lost their lives. The volunteering effort involved in this project will enhance the operational safety of the Central Power Plant. This involvement also shows a dedicated personal commitment to the Plant Operations Vision 2005 guiding principles of empowerment and innovation along with the strategic direction focus PEOPLE goal To develop a comprehensive “multi-aspect” training program by pursuing best practices through continuous improvement, training for skills and development at all levels — including project management, creating a safe work environment, and promoting a diverse workforce." This dedicated involvement also serves as an inspiration to the rest of the CPP Team as participants in the Vision 2005.

Awardees:
Mike Pepper
George Gooch
James Watterson
Mike Bennetti
Mark Boyea
Hilroy Poitier
Kenneth Brandt
Richard Little
Jeffrey Craigie
Brian Holbrook

Participating in the emergency response team of a hazardous materials incident at the Central Power Plant (CPP). During a normal delivery evolution of concentrated Sulfuric Acid. Acid was inadvertently admitted to the Caustic Soda delivery system and into the storage tanks. This caused a dangerous chemical reaction to take place. The professional and brave quick reaction along with coordinated team work of the members prevented a possible life threatening situation from developing and a quick return back to normal operations with minimal impact to the University and surrounding community.
Incident 2/18/05

Awardees:
Kenneth Brandt
Timothy Preston

Stepping forward and committing his off time without being asked and getting the job done. Each awardees commitment to the job and to the Central Power Plant the maintenance department was able to move forward and meet other deadlines that were fast approaching. This Silver Arrow Award is nominated is not just for the work but also the commitment to the U of M Central Power Plant.

Content modified: July, 2005