As Director of Utilities and Power Plant Operations, Christopher Potter is responsible for the management, operation, maintenance and capital improvement program of the U.S. Capitol Power Plant and its utility distribution system. In addition, he oversees the utility budgeting for all of the facilities under the Architect of the Capitol’s care. The U.S. Capitol Power Plant is a district energy plant that began operation in 1910, and now provides steam and chilled water to heat and cool the U.S. Capitol, the Senate and House office buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Botanic Garden and several other facilities on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Potter began his engineering career in 1993 as a cooperative education engineering student at the U.S. General Services Administration, Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant in Washington, DC. After his graduation from the University of Maryland in 1994, he continued his career with GSA as a project engineer, and was responsible for managing the design and construction of numerous industrial projects. In 1999, Mr. Potter was promoted to senior project manager. In this role, he was responsible for managing all plant critical infrastructure projects including a multi-phased energy savings project to install a cogeneration system and expand the GSA refrigeration plant and distribution system. In 2003, Mr. Potter was promoted to Manager, Maintenance and Engineering Office, where he was responsible for all plant maintenance, engineering, and construction activities.
Mr. Potter joined the Architect of the Capitol in February 2005 as Deputy Director, Utilities and Power Plant Operations. Among his numerous accomplishments in this position are the successful completion and commissioning of a major refrigeration plant expansion project, the installation of modern digital control systems, and several energy conservation projects resulting in reduced energy consumption, reduced utility costs, and increased plant reliability. Mr. Potter also led the development of a long-term strategic energy plan for the U.S. Capitol Power Plant and played a key role in completing the five-year Utility Tunnel Improvement Program. Mr. Potter was selected as the Director, Utilities and Power Plant Operations in 2012.
Mr. Potter graduated from the University of Maryland in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Catholic University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University.