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November Caught DGS

LT Breedlove and Jeff Chance have been with Facilities, Planning, Design, Construction & Energy for one year. They are construction inspectors working full time at the $85 million Enoch Pratt Free Library, where building-wide renovations are being made. The project is over a quarter of a million square feet of space at various stages of construction.

Despite being at DGS a relatively short time, LT and Jeff acclimated well in the Construction Division. They are very diligent about their work and continue to grow in their relationships with everyone involved in the project. They have a high level of professionalism when interacting with the numerous sub-contractors, A/E’s and using agency representatives.

LT is extremely safety conscience. On his daily walk through the project, he has on numerous occasions brought to the attention of the supervisor issues that, no doubt, prevented serious injury to those working on the project and library staff.

Jeff would be the first to offer working off hours; the concrete pour for the driveway is just one example. This phase was time sensitive because of the effect it would have on access to the loading dock, construction deliveries, Library for the Blind and handicapped, along with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The schedule was from a Friday night to a Monday morning to replace the existing concrete. Jeff made himself available for many of those hours. Fortunately, the driveway was completed sooner than expected.

Harold (Buddy) Long, maintenance supervisor at the Rockville District Court/MSC, is an excellent employee who works well with coworkers, tenants and contractors. He is honest, dependable and always gives 110% to DGS. Buddy thinks outside the box on needed repairs before calling an outside contractor. He is always looking for ways to cut costs and save state funds.

Buddy has exemplary customer service skills. As part of his morning rounds, he greets tenants and visitors entering the building and assists with their needs. He has accommodated visitors who were afraid to ride the elevator by escorting them up the stairs so they felt more comfortable.

Before joining DGS in 2011, Buddy served in the Marine Corps and did two tours in Vietnam; he is a proud veteran. He also worked in the hospitality business and for the Carroll County Government.