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College Appoints New Facilities Coordinator

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Mary Katherine (Katie) Rountree, longtime staff person in Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant in positions including construction services representative and facilities project coordinator, has been appointed facilities coordinator for the College of Arts and Architecture, effective November 3. Rountree, who studied architectural and civil engineering technology at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute, has more than 30 years of experience working in facilities project management and with engineering firms and builders.

As facilities coordinator, Rountree will be responsible for facility resource management of the College of Arts and Architecture’s 16 buildings, serve as liaison to the Office of Physical Plant, and chair the college’s Safety Council in the role of safety officer.

Rountree worked for a concrete company and as an engineering technician for the Maine Department of Transportation before spending several years working for engineering firms in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Locally, she worked for Sweetland Engineering and Associates, Inc. and DeHaas Builders, Inc. She also was an independent provider of working drawings for builders and homeowners in Centre County.

Rountree joined the Penn State staff in 2000 as a construction quality representative in the Office of Physical Plant, later serving as facilities project coordinator and, most recently, construction services representative.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Katie’s skills and experience in our facilities coordinator position,” said Barbara Korner, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. “She brings a strong background not only in project management, but in the specific jobs required to get a construction job completed. In addition, her experience working in the Penn State Office of Physical Plant will help ensure a smooth transition.”

Rountree said she plans on maintaining a high level of customer service and communication with College of Arts and Architecture faculty and staff. “Using all available resources, I will do my best to help provide teaching, learning and research facilities that are state-of-the-art and energy-efficient, as well as safe and comfortable. I will be working with the college to identify immediate needs, as well as developing long-range facility plans and priorities, keeping in mind the college’s strategic goals and interaction with rest of the Penn State community.”