We Are DES: Meet Kevin Battin
Name: Kevin Battin
Division: Buildings & Grounds
Job title: Construction and Maintenance Superintendent 3 and Grounds Shop Supervisor
What year did you start at DES? 2007
What year did you begin working for Washington state? 2007
In two sentences or less, describe what you do at DES.
I manage the Grounds team, which includes creating cost estimates, designing and overseeing landscape improvement projects, and maintaining the Capitol Campus and Governor’s Mansion. I also work with contractors, our campus horticulturalist and other tradespeople to perform collaborative work for the Capitol Campus visitors and tenants.
How do you believe your role supports the DES mission of strengthening the business of government?
My role is supporting the DES mission by upholding our values, maintaining and growing our institutional knowledge, and growing the internal morale and integrity of our team. All of this while upholding and superseding our goals and the customers’ expectations.
In what ways do you experience DES values in your everyday work? (respect; integrity; excellence; diversity, equity & inclusion)
I experience these values daily in our team collaboration and creativity, our ability to respond quickly with skills and knowledge utilizing everyone’s skillset and innovation put together to achieve a higher goal each day — all while being heard, encouraged and supported by all of the DES team.
What did you do before working at DES?
I worked for several years in maintenance and construction for multiple companies around the Puget Sound area. I did everything from installing waterfalls, patios, irrigation and full landscape designs to maintaining small to largescale properties.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my kids, playing guitar, writing music, BBQs, smoking and grilling. I also enjoy working on landscape projects, going to music concerts and comedy shows, and much more.
What is a fun fact about you?
My favorite color is blue. My favorite movies include “For the Love of the Game,” “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder,” “Goonies” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” I like to write music and play guitar in my free time.