LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT CURTIS RUSSELL REFLECTS ON 35 YEARS
This month, Engineering, Design & Construction Services Landscape Architect Curtis Russell is celebrating 35 years of combined service to the Texas A&M Physical Plant and SSC. Curtis began his career with the Texas A&M Physical Plant in Grounds Maintenance on College Ave as a student worker in the summer of 1982. In May 1983, he was hired full-time as a Drafter II. That work included updating plans, helping with laying out irrigation and landscape projects and plant nursery inventory. Curtis became a Designer I (Landscape Architect) in 1985. In this role, he designed, prepared cost estimates, material take offs, inspected projects, marked tree locations, irrigation, parking areas, etc. He was with Grounds until 1990 when it merged with the Physical Plant. His current role is Landscape Architect/ Project Manager, where he oversees projects from beginning to end.
Curtis reflected on how he’s seen campus change over the course of the years, “Probably like everyone else, I have seen the campus grow immensely and continue to grow. When I started, Facilities Services was housed where the North Campus garage currently stands, and the current building was just in the planning stages. West campus was mainly the beef cattle center, etc. When I started, the main focus was the central campus. It has spread to West campus and now to RELLIS. Sort of like a small town growing to a small city.”
When asked what has made him stay in the same place all of these years, Curtis simply says, “A good place to work, with good people to work with.”Curtis goes on to add, “35 years have gone by fast for the most part. I enjoy working with the folks in EDCS.”
Congratulations, Curtis, on this milestone achievement!