Written by Dwight Bachman
PWC-CT President Wendy Venoit, right, presents Nancy Tinker with "Woman of Accomplishment" Award.
Willimantic, Conn: -- Nancy Tinker, director of facilities management and planning at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named the recipient of the third annual "Woman of Accomplishment" Award by Professional Women in Construction - Connecticut Chapter (PWC-CT). The award was presented to Tinker on April 3 during a ceremony held at the Marriott in Rocky Hill.
PWC-CT supports education in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering, and recognizes ongoing professional excellencethrough its annual awards program. The "Woman of Accomplishment" award, instituted by PWC-CT in 2010, is designed to honor a woman who has been working in the A/E/C industry for at least 15 years, and who exemplifies outstanding professional achievement, performance and contributions within her field of endeavor.
Tinker has more than 25 years of experience in facilities management, working previously for IBM, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio State University and the Connecticut State University System. As Eastern's director of facilities management and planning, Tinker is responsible for managing a capital project budget of more than $250 million and an operational budget of more than $8 million. This includes overseeing the regular maintenance and operations of Eastern's facilities, and developing and implementing its campus and master plan, which includes 57 buildings totaling 2,247,672 gross square feet.
Tinker has long been a proponent of sustainable design and of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, offered through the U.S. Green Building Council. She also heads Eastern's Green Campus Committee, which leads the University's efforts to practice environmental stewardship on campus. Eastern has established a goal of using LEED standards to design all new campus construction; adopted an ENERGY STAR policy for purchasing of products; and begun purchasing or producing at least 15 percent of the institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.
"Nancy Tinker is the epitome of the Woman of Accomplishment in our industry," said Jessica Samios, director of business development for Fuss & O'Neill EnviroScience, LLC and a member of the PWC-CT board of directors. "Overall, Nancy is an example to women and men in construction, constantly demonstrating her organizational and interpersonal skills and her desire to provide the students and staff of Eastern with a state-of-the-art, clean, and well-maintained environment in which to learn, work and play."
Tinker, who has a long history of community involvement, was recently elected to the Board of Education in the Town of Windham. She also serves on numerous other building committees, professional association committees and executive boards. Tinker earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, graduating Cum Laude, and her master's degree in Organizational Management from Eastern.