New director of Physical Plant is graduate of construction program
August 7, 2017
Utpadel has been named director of the Physical Plant at University of
Wisconsin-Stout after a national search.
announcement was made by Phil Lyons, vice chancellor for Administrative and
Student Life Services.
replaces Shirley Klebesadel, who retired.
will oversee campus facilities and Physical Plant operations, including
building maintenance, grounds, custodial services, central heating and cooling
plants, fleet services, utilities, planning and engineering and construction
also will serve as the university’s point person with the UW System regarding
capital projects, facilities planning and engineering and be part of the
university’s Strategic Planning Group.
UW-Stout campus covers 125 acres and includes 45 buildings.
is an alumnus who majored in construction at UW-Stout. He has been director of
operations at Heartland Construction in Chippewa Falls. He is responsible for
the leadership and oversight of company operations that included a $31 million
annual budget and multiple construction projects. Among the projects is
the downtown Menomonie Cobblestone Hotel, which is under construction.
previously worked for the city of Maple Grove, Minn., as a project coordinator
in the engineering department. He also worked for seven years as an
assistant project manager for Mortenson Construction in Minneapolis.
is vice president of the Northwest Regional Builders Exchange and is a staff sergeant
in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, completing two tours of duty in Operation
will begin work at UW-Stout the third week of August.