Financial Management: Lee Cty. Port Authority/SW Fla. International Airport
Facing declining revenues, a hiring freeze, no raises and the addition of a new 798,000-square-foot terminal, the maintenance department needed to ensure customers would receive the same levels of quality with less dependence on outside vendor support and professional service contractors. Staff identified areas to improve operating efficiency and reduce costs, focusing on lighting retrofits, improvements to HVAC system controls, and the installation of additional air-temperature sensors. They also provided training on the control system that has led to a better understanding of the its functionality and configuration. As a result, utility costs have dropped more than 33 percent in four years.