John Kilpatrick and Jack Gordon Receive Superior Service Awards
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park’s Chief of Facilities and Project Management John Kilpatrick and Glacier’s Sun Road Rehabilitation Project Manager/ Park Landscape Architect Jack Gordon were each honored in December with the 2007 Superior Service Award.
During the presentation, then Glacier National Park Superintendent Mick Holm said, “I am proud to present these awards on behalf of the Department of the Interior (DOI) to John Kilpatrick and Jack Gordon in recognition of their commitment and leadership coordinating the multi-year Going-to-the-Sun Road rehabilitation project with the Federal Highway Administration. Both John and Jack have worked tirelessly to meet the unique challenges of rehabilitating this National Historic Landmark, while continuing to allow public access across the road.”
Kilpatrick and Gordon were major contributors writing and reviewing the Going-to-the-Sun (Sun) Road Rehabilitation Plan and the associated Environmental Impact Statement completed in 2003. They were also involved in establishing the Going-to-the-Sun Road Citizen’s Advisory Committee which was created in 2000 to advise park management on alternatives for road rehabilitation strategies to mitigate impacts on visitors and the local economies during the complex road reconstruction project. Additionally, as the rehabilitation is a Federal Highway Administration project, Kilpatrick and Gordon have been key liaisons with the Western Federal Lands Highway Division coordinated scheduling, sequencing, and planned construction work.
In congratulating Kilpatrick, Holm said, “John has provided outstanding leadership throughout this project’s development. John plays a lead role preparing project funding advice, and takes an active role communicating and presenting products and consequences associated with the project to policy decision managers. Kilpatrick was also a key player in the recent development and deployment of the new transit system along the Sun Road.”
Holm praised Gordon, “Jack’s knowledge and expertise as a historic landscape architect allows him to play a lead role as visionary and manager overseeing and coordinating complex historic road reconstruction planning and execution. He takes an active role communicating and presenting cultural and natural resource issues associated with roadwork to the management team and skillfully outlines consequences of decisions with the project.” He added, “Jack’s contribution to the reconstruction work is easily recognized by its professional aesthetic quality and strict adherence to historic fabric and form.”
The Superior Service Award is the first level of recognition in the DOI’s Honor Awards program. The Superior Service Award, a non-monetary award, may be granted to career employees for significant acts, services or achievement that materially aid or affect the successful accomplishment of the Service’s mission.
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Editor’s Note: A photo is available by contacting Glacier’s Public Affairs Office at 406-888-7895.
Did You Know?
The "Backbone of the World" is the Blackfeet tribal name given to the greater Glacier National Park ecosystem.