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EiE Express newsletter March 2013

EiE Express newsletter March 2013

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USACE Europe District’s monthly e-newsletter featuring articles, photos, job and work announcements, and a message from our commander.
USACE Europe District’s monthly e-newsletter featuring articles, photos, job and work announcements, and a message from our commander.

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Published by: USACE Europe District on Mar 19, 2013
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The Monthly eNewsleer for USACE Europe District’s
MagazineB U I L D I N G S T R O N G !U S A C E E U R O P E D I S T R I C T
 Message from the Commander 
Europe District is committed to supportingour partners, customers and stakeholders, andhelping them find solutions to their engineeringchallenges. My vision is for Europe District to be one of the best in USACE at project delivery,as measured by customer satisfaction. Werecently completed three key events to buildupon that commitment to support our partners.Our annual MILCON Customer Survey was completed last fall.We received an 86 percent response rate, the highest in USACE. Iwould like to thank our many customers for their valuable feedback.Our highest strengths to sustain were “end-user satisfaction withfacilities” and “treating customers as important team members.” Ourtwo biggest areas to improve are “cost” and “timely completion.”While we take great pride in delivering quality and value, ourcustomer concerns are understandable based on their reducedresources and rapid mission requirements.Our third annual Customer Workshop was held in January,when we reviewed feedback in detail with Directorate of PublicWorks officials and other key customers from across InstallationManagement Command-Europe and the Air Force Civil EngineerCenter. During the workshop, we also held breakout discussions onconstruction oversight, year-end and small projects, scope definitionand environmental services. Our goal is to tailor our services to best meet customer needs. The event was praised by IMCOM-Erepresentatives as the “best forum for reaching across the engineercommunity in Europe.”Our annual Partnering Meeting with leadership from theGerman Federal Ministry of Construction and state Baumanterfrom Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen and Bayernwas held in February. The event was an important forum to resolvechallenges in the indirect construction process, as required by theABG-75 supplementary accord to the NATO Status of ForcesAgreement. Meeting highlights included focused working groupson fire protection, contract closeout and construction scheduling.Groups also reviewed initiatives for LEED implementation, projectcommissioning and sustainable planning.All of our partnering events, workshops and surveys help developa synergistic relationship. They promote commitment, teamwork andtrust to build upon our shared values and mutual goals. We can’t besuccessful in USACE unless our partners are successful. Together, wecan all win.Building Strong! People, Partners, ProjectsCOL Pete HelmlingerGreat job by our recent Europe District Heroes of the Battle! They areBrian Trzaska, Carlos Collins, Sarah Downs and Nathalie Watsek.
Engineers bring STEM lessons to classroomCQM course builds trust with contractors
WIESBADEN, Germany — In honorof National Engineers Week, U.S.Army Corps of Engineers EuropeDistrict employees presentedstructural engineering, alternativeenergy and re-protection concepts toDepartment of Defense DependentsSchools-Europe students Feb. 19-21 at Wiesbaden Middle School.The district collaborates with the school to engage studentsthroughout the year. At USACE, it’s a priority to aract studentsto science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, throughoutreach programs.
WIESBADEN, Germany –U.S. Army Corps of EngineersEurope District has kicked oits 2013 slate of ConstructionQuality Management courses,conducted quarterly forcontractors awarded projectsrequiring this certication.
The rst session took place Feb. 25-27 at the WiesbadenEntertainment Center on the Army installation inHainerberg. About 25 students aended.
FREIBURG, Germany – Seniorleaders from the U.S. Army Corpsof Engineers Europe District,along with representativesfrom German federal and stateconstruction ministries, cametogether last month to discussprogress, tighter collaboration and new initiatives during the2013 Bauamt Partnering Meeting.The annual gathering, rst held in 1992, is aimed at buildinga stronger understanding between the partners, beercoordination and highlighting developments.
Issue 40, March 2013
US, German leaders gather for annual forum
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on the Caucasus Project Ofce
From left: Joseph Barr, project engineer; Nana Kacheishvili, programcoordinator; Shalva Khvadagadze, quality assurance engineer; and GeorgeShikhiashvili, driver and administrative assistant.
 Not pictured 
: ThomasRose, Levan Imedadze, Gia Narimanidze.
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Europe District’s Caucasus Project Oce is collocated at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi,Georgia. It covers Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.The Caucasus region’s central oce, established in 2002, is staed by ve local nationalsand two Americans. Current projects include the Nikozi war-damaged school constructionproject near the South Osetian Conict zone that was heavily bombed during the 2008Georgia-Russia War. The school’s reconstruction will hopefully bring teachers and families back to the region, said program coordinator Nana Kacheishvili.The team also is managing a special school project for disabled children in Yerevan,Armenia. Helping local children provides a lile extra motivation to the Caucasus team,Kacheishvili said.“It’s fullling to see the appreciation and happiness of people occupying the buildings,”she added.The oce recently completed a pathology laboratory project in Tbilisi. The renovationprovided Georgia’s forensic pathology lab with a modern building for accurate pre-and post-mortem examinations. The lab results may then be used as evidence in theinvestigation and prosecution of violent crimes.Caucasus customers include the ODC, EXBS and INL. The oce executes projects thatare not enormous in size, but bring unrivaled benets to the local community. The teamis fullled seeing the appreciation and happiness of the people occupying the buildings itdelivers, Kacheishvili said.Tbilisi is the capital and largest city in Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River.Founded in the fth century, Tbilisi has served as Georgia’s capital for nearly 1,500 yearsand represents a signicant industrial, social and cultural center in the country.Located near the southeastern edge of Europe, Tbilisi’s proximity to lucrative east-west trade routes often made the city a point of contention between various rival empiresthroughout history. To this day, the city’s location ensures its position as an importanttransit route for global energy and trade projects. Tbilisi’s varied history is reected in itsarchitecture -- a mix of medieval, classical and Soviet structures.Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, though it’s now overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox Christian.Georgians are proud of their wine and natural surroundings. The very colorful countryis reected in the nature of friendly and hospitable local people.
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