Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio
Dayton VAMC's Engineering Chief Will Retire After 34 Years of Federal Service
June 14, 2013
On June 30, 2013, the Dayton VAMC will bid farewell to a dedicated and hardworking executive. Gary Abreu, Chief of Engineering at the Dayton VAMC, is officially retiring. Mr. Abreu has worked for the Federal Government for thirty-four years; twenty-six of those years were at the Dayton VAMC. Prior to beginning his career with the federal government, Mr. Abreu worked in the private sector for a highway and bridge contractor on a nuclear power plant construction project.
The Army Corps of Engineering provided Mr. Abreu with his first experience as a federal employee. In 1979, after his time with the Army Corps, he began his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs as an engineering intern. Mr. Abreu quickly worked his way up through the Department of Veterans Affairs organization. Prior to his time in Dayton, he was an Assistant Chief of Engineering in Clarksburg, West Virginia; Montrose, New York; and Cleveland, Ohio. In 1987, Gary Abreu was named Chief of Engineering at the Dayton VAMC and has held this position ever since. In addition to his role as Chief of Engineering, he was temporarily named as the Acting Associate Director of the Dayton VAMC from December 30, 2012 to March 9, 2013.
During his time at the Dayton VAMC, Gary Abreu was involved in several projects that were crucial to the success of the Dayton VAMC. His most notable project involvement was in the design and construction of Building 330, also known as the Patient Tower. The Patient Tower is a state of the art, 554,068 square foot medical facility that opened to patients in the summer of 1992. The project cost approximately $251 million. In 2002, Gary Abreu coordinated the design and construction of the 24,000 square foot Prime Care Clinic addition. By opening the Prime Care Clinic addition, the Dayton VAMC has improved Veterans' access to outpatient care.
Gary Abreu provided more than just technical engineering expertise at the Dayton VAMC. He served as a mentor for several engineers early in their careers. The engineers mentored by Mr. Abreu went on to pursue very successful careers. Almost all of the engineers he mentored are still working within the VA system.
Please join the Dayton VAMC in celebrating Gary Abreu's career! Mr. Abreu has provided thirty-four years of great service to the government. More importantly, twenty-six years to the Veterans at the Dayton VA Medical Center. The impact of his contributions to the Dayton VAMC will be felt long after his retirement. Mr. Abreu, thank you for your dedication to our Veterans and all your hard work!