Gary Glawe, a 1995 Kasson-Mantorville grad, gets to go to Target Field every day to do his job.
The 42-year-old Glawe played both baseball and football in high school at K-M and now he works for the Minnesota Twins. No, he's not a player, coach or a scout. His job doesn't revolve around baseball, but rather Target Field. He is the senior director of facilities at Target Field, which has been dubbed the "greenest ballpark in America."
Glawe is in charge of all the day-to-day operations at the ballpark, which includes maintenance, engineering, heating, ventilating, lighting and plumbing.
"Basically everything at Target Field, but the field itself, which is taken care of by the grounds crew," Glawe said. "Stuff that nobody notices until it doesn't work. We try hard to make sure the facility is 100 percent operational at all times."
Target Field does such an outstanding job of being ecologically friendly that it was recently one of 20 national winners of the 2019 Leadership Award. The award was given by the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of the Minnesota Twins’ outstanding contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry. The Twins were the only sports franchise honored and heralded by the USGBC as a “model for sustainability in the sporting world.”
Glawe was in Atlanta for the ceremony, and was the Twins employee who went up to receive the award.
"The award wasn't about me," Glawe said. "It's about the team and our ownership and our management team and our guests and our fans and everybody that's involved."
Galwe attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and majored in facility management. He started working for the Twins 11 years ago, before Target Field even opened. He used to have an office at the Metrodome.
Target Field has been a "green" facility ever since it opened in 2010 and earned a LEED Silver certification for a new construction. The facility has continued to earn high levels for existing buildings and operation and maintenance and received a LEED Gold honor in 2019, and was just one point away from earning the highest ranking, LEED Platinum.
"We just put these goals out there and we all work to achieve them," Glawe said. "It takes everybody's input and I just happen to be the one in charge of the department and the one to get to walk on stage to accept the award. But it's a really cool honor and just an honor to be a part of it."
Glawe supervises eight full-time employees at Target Field, but there also are hundreds of contracted staff ranging from housekeeping to concessions to clean-up crews.
"It takes a couple thousand people to put on a ball game," Glawe said. "There's a lot of behind-the-scenes activity."
Glawe has to make sure that everything around the park is in running order. That includes any seat that might be damaged in the ballpark, which holds just under 40,000 fans for a baseball game.
"You try to keep enough inventory on hand and keep things 100 percent operational just so you don't affect anybody's game-day experience," Glawe said. "No matter how the team is performing on the field -- even if they aren't having the best of years -- we still want to make sure that the overall experience for a guest remains consistent and at that high level."
Glawe has a demanding spring/summer schedule. He is at nearly all 81 home games for the Twins and will also be on hand if there are other events at Target Field, such as a concert.
"I've got such a great team that I don't have to be (at every game), but baseball's our core business and whatever your core business is, that's what you need to put the most support into," he said. "Hopefully when we go into an event everything's ready to go and I'm just there in case of an emergency."