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Administrative Medals and Awards 2007

THE FIRE COMMISSIONER'S AWARD FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE

THE FIRE COMMISSIONER'S AWARD FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE

PAUL J. SOEHREN
Bureau of Facilities Management, Construction Unit

Provided critical management of the Departmentís facility repair and maintenance projects

With more than 300 buildings in FDNY’s portfolio, the need for an effective maintenance program is critical. In the mid- 1990s, the Department--working with a consultant-- developed a detailed survey of building components; i.e., building envelope, apparatus floor, apron, electrical/mechanical/plumbing (MEP) systems, housewatch, kitchen, bathrooms, etc.

This survey was deemed necessary because the current average age of FDNY’s 225 emergency response facilities is more than 70 years. The survey determined where the Department should most efficiently use capital repair funds and which firehouse apparatus floors required shoring due to their age, structural condition and the weight of newer apparatus.

For almost 10 years, FDNY used this survey to plan projects. In 2005, the Mayor provided the Department with funds to update the survey and perform engineering studies of those facilities where the apparatus floors were shored to ensure they were sound.

Paul Soehren was tasked to manage this project, which included defining the scope, securing qualified consultants, coordinating with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), reviewing/approving survey data and conducting surveys with the consultants to ensure accuracy. In 2006, much of the data were consolidated into a usable format, which now is being used to guide component repair programs to be conducted by the Bureau of Facilities Management, under Mr. Soehren’s direct coordination.

For his managerial expertise in coordinating facility repair and maintenance, Paul Soehren is presented with The Fire Commissioner’s Award for Meritorious Service.

 

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