John Carter, construction administration manager at UVa-Wise, has received the Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award this year.
The Sandridge Awards are the highest honor the University bestows upon employees. They include five employees from the Academic Division, five from the Medical Center and one from the College at Wise.
Carter has been the manager of capital projects on campus since 2007. He has managed projects including the construction of Commonwealth Hall, Hunter Smith Dining Commons, the IT wing of Smiddy Hall, Ely Health and Wellness Center, the library and has managed renovations of Crockett and Smiddy halls and Greear Gym.
As pointed out in the nomination letter, Carter’s dedication is showcased by the final projects he has managed. It has also been said that Carter is the person to know when there is a problem to be solved or a question to be answered.
“During one of his first projects, the construction of Commonwealth Hall, unforeseen circumstances had caused the construction to fall behind schedule,” the letter states. “As the summer months drew near, it seemed that the new residence hall would not be completed and available to house the incoming residential students that were booked into the rooms. However, through John’s phenomenal efforts and dogged determination in the final weeks of the project, construction was completed, bureaucratic hurdles were overcome, and students were able to move into the new residence hall.”
The letter also recounts Carter’s work on the new six-story library.
“Designed to be built, literally, in the side of a hill, this project disrupted the heart of campus for over three years of construction,” the letter states. “It has resulted in a majestic, award-winning campus showpiece and was spearheaded by the tireless, patient leadership of John and the relationships he built with architects, engineers, contractors and campus constituents.”
Carter, along with other winners from the University of Virginia, will be honored at an upcoming Board of Visitors event in Charlottesville.