The Monthly eNewsleer for USACE Europe District’s
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 aract studentsto science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, throughoutreach programs.
WIESBADEN, Germany –U.S. Army Corps of EngineersEurope District has kicked oits 2013 slate of ConstructionQuality Management courses,conducted quarterly forcontractors awarded projectsrequiring this certication.
The rst session took place Feb. 25-27 at the WiesbadenEntertainment Center on the Army installation inHainerberg. About 25 students aended.
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, beercoordination and highlighting developments.
Issue 40, March 2013
US, German leaders gather for annual forum