FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington President Theodora J. Kalikow is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Robert D. Lamppa as the University’s new director of facilities management.
Lamppa comes to UMF from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where he served as senior project manager and director of energy management. A licensed civil engineer with environmental and structural emphasis, Lamppa is also a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional.
President Kalikow welcomes Lamppa to the UMF community and sees his extensive experience with both facilities and energy management as a valuable resource to help provide UMF with the best facilities for student learning. “We feel very fortunate having Rob at the helm of our campus facilities,” said Kalikow. “He brings a very high level of professionalism to the Farmington campus and we’re excited about his leadership as UMF builds for the future.”
At UMF, Lamppa is responsible for the overall facilities operation and its interface with the campus and the general public. He works collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and multiple constituencies on and off campus. In this position, Lamppa will ensure a high-quality, sustainable physical plant and oversee all facilities personnel; strategic and financial planning; construction management; and grounds, housekeeping and utilities operations.
According to Lamppa, he is looking forward to becoming a part of the campus community and making sure its facilities meet the needs of UMF students now and in the future. “I was impressed with UMF’s strength as soon I came here,” said Lamppa. “People have a history here, of learning, work and service that just makes you want to be a part of it. Besides, for anyone who loves the outdoors, Western Maine has it all.”
Throughout his 30 year career, Lamppa has worked in project and energy management and as an environmental and structural engineer. His experience includes positions at several Midwest companies, including: Rieke Carroll Muller Associates, Inc., an architectural and engineering consulting firm; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Malt-O-Meal Company; and, most recently, at Carleton College – a liberal arts institution similar in size to UMF.
Lamppa has worked closely with governmental agencies, consultants, contractors and campus community partners in the planning and completion of construction projects that range in size from $2,500 to $30+million. His experience with environmental sustainability and energy conservation began early in his career, and he has provided environmental and energy policy direction for several companies.
At Carleton College, Lamppa directed their College Energy Program and helped develop a Master Utility Plan for the campus. Among his accomplishments, he oversaw the planning and construction of a 1.65 megawatt wind turbine to be connected directly to the campus electrical grid; the planning and design of a new 230 bed student residence; and the ongoing implementation of a carbon footprint reduction program.
Lamppa received his bachelor of civil engineering with environmental emphasis at University of Minnesota – Institute of Technology. He also completed graduate coursework in energy planning and sustainable development at the University of Oslo, in Norway. He has received a National Energy Award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy and a Grand Award for Energy Efficiency form the American Consulting Engineering Council.
He enjoys running, skiing, hiking, canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing with his family. He and his wife have two sons, one who is a senior at Northland College, in Wisconsin, and another who is a graduate student at Dartmouth, in New Hampshire.