Employee Spotlight: John Hayden

John Hayden in Palmyra mechanical room

Get to Know John Hayden, PE, CEM, CSDP, Reynolds’ Senior Project Development Manager

Describe what you do for Reynolds.

I’m a Senior Project Development Manager, which means I help our clients identify maintenance and operational needs and bring solutions for discussion and possible inclusion in a project. The solutions invariably focus on high-efficiency, low-maintenance solutions that make economic sense for the clients. In this effort, we build relationships with our clients and understand much more than just the facility needs. Our relationships, over time, can provide ongoing support as our clients both plan for the future and work through immediate issues they face.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy working with people in teams. Sometimes a team is composed of co-workers. At other times, a team forms around developing and implementing a project. The input and creativity from clients, co-workers, the contractor community, and vendors brings energy to the solutions we help implement. Including a variety of views and approaches creates a superior result.

How does what you do impact the quality of your clients’ facilities?

Everything we do increases the resiliency of a facility and increases its asset value. For a commercial property, the asset value can be recognized in the marketplace. For a public entity, the asset value can be observed in the longevity of the solution. In most situations, we can measure and verify our results and document our predicted outcomes.

What is an accomplishment you’ve had at Reynolds that you’re most proud of and why?

We collaborated with Pleasant Valley Manor, a long-term care facility, to reconstitute their ailing chilled water plant. In the process, we retrofitted the lighting system with LEDs, which resulted in lower heat gains and therefore lowered the chilled water plant load, allowing us to install a smaller, high-efficiency chilled water plant. The energy savings from the more efficient chiller and LED lights helped to pay for the cost of the project. We also upgraded the direct digital control system, which allowed better building control by Pleasant Valley Manor’s maintenance department.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I played a percussion concerto with a symphony orchestra.

Who or what has been the biggest influencer on your career?

Marty Gingrich, a very pragmatic engineer (now deceased) at Brinjac Engineers, Bob Bitts, co-owner of Frey Lutz Corporation (now deceased), and many of the co-workers at Frey Lutz Corporation who taught me about how buildings and systems actually go together from the field perspective.

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

Helping to keep my parents living independently as possible in their Philadelphia apartment.

What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to, and where do you wish you could travel to some day?

My wife is running a marathon in every state. Her running takes us on many adventures, such as hiking in Wyoming’s Tetons and visiting Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and dams along the Colorado River. To complete the 50 states marathon project, we will travel to Hawaii (you’re all invited).

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