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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:30 am

With his knowledge of architecture, University of Texas Permian Basin Associate Vice President of Facilities Management David Wayland has found a niche planning projects and seeing them through for the university.

Previously with the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction for the UT System, Wayland also has architectural and municipal experience to draw from.

He has been working on projects for UTPB through the system Office of Facilities Planning and Construction for 11 years, along with other UT campuses, and took on his new title in March.

He got farmed out to other UT campuses for projects like the health science center at UT Tyler and he helped with the Brain Performance Institute at UT Dallas. “They didn’t have a project manager assigned to that project at the beginning of the design, so I worked with the architect and the campus and the programming phase of that,” Wayland said.

“I got a chance to visit all the UT campuses for about a year and a half when I was doing stormwater prevention inspections. I got to go to each of the campuses and just kind of walk their projects. But my primary responsibility was UT Permian Basin — all of the capital projects,” he added.

Some of those include the Science and Technology building, the Student Activity Center and the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, which Wayland said is UPTB’s flagship project.

The Wagner Noel had people from Odessa and Midland working together and it brought several different funding sources together.

“When we started that project, it wasn’t inside the city limits. It got annexed during that time. Our Midland campus is actually inside the city limits of Midland. This campus is in Odessa. That campus is our Midland campus,” Wayland said.

There are future plans for the Midland campus and Wayland said President Sandra Woodley is working on acquiring more land. In the future, there could be more rehearsal space for the UTPB music department and maybe an additional building and an outdoor amphitheater.

Woodley said Wayland has been part of the UTPB family for more than a decade, even though he was working for the UT System.

“He’s an amazing asset that we are so thrilled to have here on the campus,” Woodley said. “He has more than 38 years of experience in construction administration and design. The ability for us to have someone of his caliber on our staff is going to be extremely beneficial to the university.”

She noted that his knowledge of the practical and design side of building also is a great attribute for UTPB.

“With the long-term strategic plan for the university, and particularly related to facilities planning over the next 10 years, there will be so many projects that will have to manage over the next 10 years and he just brings a depth of experience that’s critical for us at this point in our plan,” Woodley said.

She added that Wayland personifies the pillars of UTPB.

“He’s kind. He goes the extra mile to help anyone; he works really hard to be innovative. He has the highest level of integrity. Every one of the core values of the institution is exemplified in David, so we really won on all accounts to bring him on to our staff,” she added.

Wayland, who grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Catholic University of America in Washington.

He worked for a firm called Environmental Management Consultants whose main client was the U.S. Department of Labor.

“We oversaw the Job Corps training program. I had opportunity to travel around the country and do feasibility studies to determine whether or not old abandoned medical or naval facilities could be transitioned to a Job Corps training center. And we would hire an architectural firm to do the design and hire a contractor to do the work. That’s kind of what I do: I managed the projects, so that was how I started,” Wayland said.

He moved to Midland in 1982. Wayland and his wife, Carole, executive director of Safe Place of the Permian Basin, have three children. Their son, a U.S. Marine pilot, died in 2011 in a training exercise.

“I was already working for a firm in Roswell, N.M., on a Job Corps training center when I was working for Environmental Management Consultants. I was working closely with a team in Roswell and they had offices in Roswell and Las Cruces,” Wayland said.

The firm was interested in opening an office in West Texas and asked Wayland if he would be interested in going there.

He worked for an architectural firm in Midland. In 1982, oil prices dropped and he went to work for the City of Odessa planning department.

He also was the City of Midland building official for 20 years where he dealt with construction, demolition, code enforcement, plan review and permit inspections.

Wayland heard about an opening for a project manager at UTPB from architect Larry Johnson.

David Watts was president at the time and the Wagner Noel was already under design. Wayland was then involved in the Science and Technology Building, Student Activity Center, student apartments, the residence dining hall, the D. Kirk Edwards Family Human Performance Center and the engineering building on the Midland campus.

The D. Kirk Edwards building, also known as the kinesiology building, started off at $16 million and more funding was received so the project got tup to $37 million. A single-story structure, it will cover 63,000 square feet, Wayland said.

“All of our athletes will make use of that building and athletic training majors. The dean is talking about adding some graduate degrees there. It’s going to do a lot for the university,” he said.

In his vice president post, he works more with faculty and deans.

“Now I’m working much closer with the faculty and deans and their projects and their accreditations and their individual needs for their programs, so I’m having to learn all that. … There’s always going to be people needing space, moving space, transitioning their space. Their accreditation says they need to make these improvements. We’re trying to do some more renovations up here on the fourth floor,” Wayland said.

He added that different departments are going to be moving around with the opening of the new engineering building in the fall.

“Petroleum engineering will move from the IT (instructional technology) building to the new engineering building. That frees up entire IT building. Geosciences is located here in the Mesa Building and some in Science and Technology, so geosciences will have a new home in the IT building, so we have to do some renovations there,” he said.

“The same thing out at the CEED. The current mechanical engineering faculty, labs and classrooms are all in the CEED Building. They’re going to be moving into the new engineering building in June and July. That frees up the CEED Building to do some different things,” Wayland added.

There are some different ideas on how the CEED can be reconfigured. It could be used for food service and UTPB police.

“The police department really needs a presence on the Midland campus now. It’s eight miles away from the main campus, so (we’re) talking to the police chief about having an office in the CEED campus, as well,” Wayland said.

He added that there are many thing going on right now at UTPB.

“It’s a good time to be at the University of Texas Permian Basin; the new president and the new executive team that she’s put together and all the support that we have from both communities. We’re growing and it’s an exciting time to be in the Permian Basin,” Wayland said.

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