US Coast Guard Yard
CDR John Barresi is the Yard's Facilities Engineer and Chief of the Facilities Management Division. He is responsible for directing civil engineering initiatives at the Yard as the third largest base in the Coast Guard and the Service’s only major industrial shipyard.
Facilities engineering activities during CDR Barresi’s tenure have included continued electrification of the Yard’s diesel powered shipbuilding tower cranes which, when all five are completed, will result in $448K savings per year and a payback of 7.3 years. This represents a reduction of 1570 tons of CO2 emissions per year – equivalent to removing 270 cars from the roads. CDR Barresi also manages the Coast Guard’s Landfill Gas Renewable Energy Center at the Yard that continues to produce electricity and steam for industrial production activities at the shipyard.
CDR Barresi originally served as a U.S. Navy officer aboard the CVN THEODORE ROOSEVELT and in 1995 was commissioned in the U.S. Coast Guard as an inter-service transfer.
His first Coast Guard tour was in Facilities Engineering at the Coast Guard Academy as Safety Officer and Project Manager. Subsequent assignments include Civil Engineering Unit Miami, and Facilities Design and Construction Center. CDR Barresi served as the Director of Gulf Coast Reconstruction for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans, Louisiana before reporting to the Yard in the summer of 2010.
CDR Barresi graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his postgraduate degree in Building Construction and Integrated Facilities Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.
CDR Barresi's personal awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, a Commendation Medal, and two Achievement Medals. CDR Barresi was the 2010 U.S. Coast Guard Engineer of the Year.