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Planning for Constellation Program Facilities in Good Hands
01.24.07
 
Entrepreneur is a word that could describe Glenn Butts, a management program analyst in Center Operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His varied background includes owning his own general contracting company, designing and constructing jet engine test facilities, and helping to design and build a portable medical waste disposal unit.

Since April 2004, Butts has been responsible for all aspects of estimating the cost for Kennedy projects associated with the repair, renovation, modification or new construction of facilities as the center prepares to transition from the space shuttle to the Constellation Program.

Center Operations Management Program Analyst Glenn Butts For his exemplary work on several construction data analysis projects, Butts received the 2006 Employee of the Year Award from the Engineering Development directorate "in recognition of dedication in developing and helping engineers perform and verify cost estimates for the KSC infrastructure, support for the current space program, future Crew Exploration Vehicle Program and future Launch Vehicle Program."

Image right: Butts uses his life-long experiences to manage Kennedy's day-to-day operations. Photo credit: NASA/KSC

"This is the best job I've ever had," Butts said. "The reason is the people that I work with." Butts said management cares about the employees and that makes for a very good work environment.

Scott Kerr, deputy director for the Engineering directorate, said Butts was a key contributor in developing the center's Constellation Program ground processing infrastructure cost and schedule baseline.

"His depth of knowledge and extensive experience in aerospace ground systems construction cost estimating and project scheduling proved invaluable," Kerr said.

Current projects for Butts include determining the cost of new or remodeled facilities for the Constellation Project office based on conceptualization. He looks forward to seeing the future space exploration projects he is working on become a reality.

"[Butts] has brought to the KSC Facilities Division a wealth of knowledge in construction and cost estimating from his experience in the private construction industry," said Center Operations director Mike Benik.

"This is the best job I've ever had. The reason is the people that I work with."
-- Glenn Butts
Prior to working for NASA, Butts was a construction inspector with Space Gateway Support. He is a licensed general contractor and owned his own construction company in Winter Garden, Fla.

From October 1999 through June 2002, Butts worked on designing and constructing the Delta IV launch pad at Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for the Washington Group.

From 1995 to 1997, Butts was a project manager with Vital Link Inc. in Houston, where he designed jet engine test cell facilities. Later, he was part owner in a company called On Site Med-Waste, for which he helped to design and build several portable medical waste disposal units. The basic design is being used in the health field today.

Butts was born in Orlando, but spent some time in Cuba while his father worked in the U.S. Navy. He has traveled to 48 states and 27 countries, including Germany, England, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

 
 
Linda Herridge, Staff Writer
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center