Eric Tholen has been named the new director of the Division of Facilities Construction and Management, a division of the Utah Department of Administrative Services. The appointment follows an extensive nationwide search.
“Eric’s vast experience working within Utah’s construction and architectural communities will greatly benefit the state of Utah as the DFCM undertakes some very challenging projects,” said Kim Hood, executive director of the Department of Administrative Services.
Prior to joining DAS, Tholen was a vice president and co-owner in EFT Architects, Inc. With more than 35 years of construction and architecture experience, he has extensive experience in value engineering, project and program management, architectural design, facilities programming and forensic architecture. Eric has managed projects for various government agencies including U.S. Courts, Probation, U.S. Marshals Service, Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Service.
“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as the DFCM director. I have lived in Utah all of my life and have a vested interest in the community,” Tholen said. “Having been involved in architecture and construction in and out of the state, I have observed the architecture and construction community’s tremendous work ethic. I look forward to continuing to be a part of it – now on behalf of the state of Utah.”
Tholen recently served as committee chair for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Utah Government Affairs Committee as well as a member of the State Government Network (SGN), addressing current-day issues facing the built environment.
He will begin his new duties immediately.