Daniel H. Davies came to the National Zoo as Zone Facilities Manager in February 2007. As the head of the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability’s Upper Northwest Zone, Davies is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Zoo’s facilities, as well as advising on plans for renovation and new-construction projects. He provides supervisory oversight of three building managers and more than 100 operations and maintenance employees.
Prior to joining the Zoo, Davies was the building manager and then zone manager at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (and its Renwick Gallery), where he led the facilities management program from 1994 to 2006. During this period, Davies actively participated in the management of many projects, including the overall renovation of the Old Patent Office Building (2000-2006).
Born in Philadelphia, Davies lived in southern New Jersey through early childhood. In 1966, his family moved to Quito, Ecuador, which was the Davies home base for two years. He attended high school in Maryland and received a B.S. in agricultural science from Cook College at Rutgers University. He was certified by Sire Power in 1981 to breed dairy cattle via artificial insemination. Then, having little luck buying a farm in a declining dairy market, he turned his attention to construction management with Bradley Construction Company, Inc. Along with his wife and his father, he eventually established a new construction company in Trenton, New Jersey, called Red Beard Construction.
In 1988, Davies moved Red Beard to Maryland to concentrate on federal and other public sector historic restoration and renovation work. Davies also spent one year as a contractor/referral coordinator at Hyatt Building Supply, in Damascus, Maryland.
In addition to his early interests in dairy farming, photography, and scuba diving, Davies is sometimes seen driving horse-drawn carriages for Charley Horse Carriage Company, the only such company based in the District of Columbia, owned and operated by his sister, Sarah. Other interests include architectural history, historic preservation, animal welfare, green initiatives, and benchmarking in the area of facilities management.
Activities in Davies’ recent past include secretary of the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators (IAMFA); editor of IAMFA’s newsletter; and president of the Museum and Cultural Institution Council of the International Facilities Management Association. Davies is a certified facilities manager.