December 5, 2011
Director of Communications
University System of Georgia Honors Robert Tindall
VALDOSTA -- Robert Tindall, associate director of facilities
planning at Valdosta State University, received the University
System of Georgia Distinguished Service Award.
The annual award recognizes USG employees, within the area of plant operations and facilities planning, who demonstrate exemplary service in their job duties.
Tindall was honored for his contributions to numerous capital projects including most recently the Psychology Building and Jennett Lecture Hall.
In his nomination letter, Ray Sable, director of Physical Plant and Facilities Planning, stated that Tindall has “distinguished himself in many areas of design and construction over the past 25 years that he has worked for Valdosta State University and the University System of Georgia. Over the years he has worked tirelessly to keep the consistent Colonial Spanish Mission architectural theme of the campus intact; all the while working on the issues behind the scenes that make the building function in an efficient and capable manner.”
Tindall said that one of his most challenging projects was the Pedestrian Mall, which was completed in 2006 after several years of construction. He also noted that he enjoyed working on the recent Psychology Building.
“I worked with Dr. [Robert] Bauer for over 20 years on developing a plan and bringing that project [Psychology Building] to reality and we finally did it,” Tindall said. “With Bob, I am so proud to see that project completed.”
Tindall said starting a new project is always exciting; however, it is the completion that provides the most satisfaction.
“Most [people] see only a building or classroom, I see the long hours of design, construction and challenges that had to be met; and problems that had to be solved to bring the project to completion,” Tindall said. “I get satisfaction knowing that I did my best and seeing the fruits of all my years here by the many buildings and renovations we have completed.”
Currently, Tindall is overseeing the addition to the Bailey Science Center and renovations to Ashley Hall.
“In eight months we will have a new addition to the Bailey Science Center and another wonderful space for teaching and learning to take place,” Tindall said. “I look everywhere and see physical changes that have occurred while I have been on campus; and I hope to see more before I retire as we continue to grow and provide an ever changing physical environment for our students, faculty and staff to use, enjoy and learn within.”