Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part III)
David McConnell is Capital’s Employee of the Month for December.
Dave started with Parks in August 2004 as a Landscape Architect Intern and was promoted to Assistant Landscape Architect in December 2005. He left the agency in July 2006 to work in the private sector and then returned to Parks in November 2012 as a Senior Designer for the Bronx Team.
Along with the Team Leader and Design Director, Dave manages the team’s design program. From September through December of last year, Dave served as the Director of the Storm Response Unit at Capital, which is responsible for putting together all of the contracts related to our agency’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
When Dave was asked if he would want to take over the Storm Response Unit, he said yes without hesitation. The Storm Response Unit is responsible for putting together contracts for approximately 215 damaged sites throughout the five boroughs, valued at almost $120 million. The work presented many challenges from which Dave never backed down. He always kept a positive attitude and a smile on his face.
Under Dave’s leadership, four contracts, covering 39 sites, were transmitted by the Storm Response Unit. Dave and his team also supported borough construction staff on the borough teams to complete 61 sites in construction. This was a herculean effort by many people at Parks, and Dave was instrumental in moving the program forward.
When Dave isn’t working he’s busy coaching one of his daughter’s soccer teams, playing guitar, and taking care of his pet goat, Elvis.
For his leadership through difficult times, Dave was nominated by Capital Chief of Staff Diane Jackier and Deputy Commissioner Therese Braddick.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
(1896 - 1940)