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Photo of Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge QuintalJorge Quintal, who has served as UNCG associate vice chancellor for facilities since 2008, will retire later this month.

A retirement celebration will be held Wednesday, June 26, 3-5 p.m., in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. The campus community is invited.

Quintal began his career at NC State as a construction manager. After 10 years on the “construction side,” where he’d risen to be director of construction, he moved to the “design side.” There, he helped put together the construction strategy for the 2000 Higher Education Bonds.

The bond issue passed (as many at UNCG well remember, resulting in several UNCG buildings including the Education Building and finally Sullivan Science Building). Quintal was hired by Winston-Salem State, where he implemented all the construction projects that resulted from the bonds. “These projects transformed the campus,” he recalls.

In 2008, he came to UNCG as associate vice chancellor. The biggest accomplishment during his tenure here? “The development of Spartan Village.”

That stretched from developing the land, designing and constructing the buildings, and bringing the area into UNCG’s maintenance program. At 800,000 square feet of construction, it included the residence halls and buildings of Spartan Village I and II, the UNCG Police Station, the Pedestrian Underpass and plaza, and Kaplan Center for Wellness.

Photo of Quintal and others at the NiB groundbreaking
Scene at Nursing & Instructional Building Groundbreaking. Quintal holds the shovel.

There’s been additional construction, including the current project of the Nursing and Instructional Building. And one million square feet of renovation on campus since he joined UNCG.

“It’s amazing what our team has done,” he says. That ranges beyond design and construction – to preventive maintenance to incorporating metrics for efficiencies to reducing utility consumption.

Since 2003, the university’s energy use per square foot has been reduced by 17 percent, he explains. Plus water consumption has been reduced. In recent years, Quintal has been the university’s chief sustainability officer.

In 2016, Quintal was honored with the Frank B. Turner Award at the annual State Construction Conference. The award recognizes a state employee who has made an outstanding professional contribution to the built environment, his or her dedicated public service and for setting an example as a professional working with the built environment.

Quintal’s legacy can be seen in UNCG’s buildings, but what he focuses on are the relationships he has at UNCG. It’s a uniquely welcoming, vibrant campus.

“People who work at UNCG love UNCG. That’s unique. It’s so uniquely collegial here. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

By Mike Harris

 
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