Steve Bellona

Associate Vice President for Facilities and Planning Steve Bellona received the 2016 Decade of Excellence award, given by the Mohawk Valley Engineers Executive Council (MVEEC). The award was presented April 28 at the 66th Annual Mohawk Valley Technical Awards Banquet, held at The Beeches in Rome, N.Y.

The MVEEC Decade of Excellence award recognizes a “long-term commitment to the design or implementation of a single or series of technical projects, services, or research that results in a significant impact on a company, organization, or community.”

In a letter announcing the award, MVEEC Chairman Michael Joseph said Bellona’s “management of the design, integration and construction of so many facilities at Hamilton College, each with their own unique contributions to the campus environment, is a shining example of [significant contributions to his employer].”

Bellona was nominated for the award by Vice President of Administration and Finance Karen Leach.

In her nomination, Leach said, “Working with a staff of about 120 people, [Bellona] has overseen the physical appearance of Hamilton College… In just the past dozen years, he has been responsible for major renovations and new construction that cost nearly $270 million and affected 500,000 square feet, most of which was built using Central New York contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.”

She added, “A conscientious and committed steward of the environment, Bellona has spearheaded College efforts to incorporate green building standards into new construction and renovation by using such techniques as geothermal heating and air conditioning, upgrading power and transformer systems, repairing the College’s wind turbine, installing solar panels and reducing stormwater runoff.”

Leach also pointed out that under Bellona’s leadership, “Three buildings have achieved LEED certification and several others were designed to those standards.”

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