Steve Krstulovich retires after 31 years at Fermilab

Steve Krstulovich

Steve Krstulovich came to Fermilab in 1983 to work for what was then called the Construction Engineering Services Department. Now Fermilab’s site energy manager, he will retire after more than 31 years later. His last day is May 28.

As lead mechanical engineer for construction engineering services, Krstulovich made significant contributions to numerous laboratory programs. He led the mechanical design for CDF, DZero and the Feynman Computing Center, among other projects. During this time Construction Engineering Services was reorganized and became part of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, and Krstulovich’s work led him to a position as site energy manager for the laboratory.

As site energy manager, Krstulovich was instrumental in the development and execution of third-party utility incentive projects totaling $47 million. He helped initiate and approve the Department of Energy’s first innovative multiyear electricity purchasing strategy using dollar-cost-averaging principles. He also helped establish power-curtailment contracts. These efforts resulted in cost savings that were recently lauded by DOE.

“I believe Steve’s expertise in energy and utility management is second to none throughout the entire federal complex,” said Randy Ortgiesen, former head of FESS and Krstulovich’s former supervisor. Ortgiesen is currently head of the Office of Campus Strategy and Readiness.

An active member of the Christian faith, Krstulovich supported the Fermilab Bible Exploration at Lunch League (BELL). He plans to continue to be active after retirement, developing Bible study tools and working with his wife in Christian outreach at home and abroad. He will also continue his own education by completing a degree in intercultural studies.

Andy Martens will succeed Krstulovich as site energy manager.

“I’d like to thank Steve for setting the example for succession with the most thorough and complete turnover I have ever witnessed, passing the baton to Andy Martens,” Ortgiesen said.

Wish Krstulovich well at a reception on Thursday, May 28, between 2 and 4 p.m. on WH5E.