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By FRED W. WRIGHT Jr.
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001
NEW POSITION: Facilities director, International Plaza, Tampa.
PREVIOUS POSITION: Operations manager, Governor's Square, Tallahassee.
When Tampa's International Plaza opens this year, Fred Alleva's job will be to make sure the air conditioning is cooling and the plumbing is flushing.
As newly appointed facilities director for the 1.3-million-square-foot enclosed mall and its adjacent 112,000-square-foot outdoor entertainment center, Alleva will oversee building and mechanical maintenance; plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling systems; landscaping and site maintenance; and interior and exterior cleaning services.
His responsibilities "really cover the gamut," he said, "any of the back-of-the-house things shoppers really never see, that people take for granted."
"My job is to make all those things work and continue to work when people visit," Alleva said.
International Plaza and its adjacent Bay Street at the Plaza are scheduled to open Sept. 14. Located near Tampa International Airport, the two-story mall will feature more than 150 specialty stores and restaurants, plus Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and Dillard's.
"My job really entails the comfort things, whether it be restrooms or all the things that are aesthetic -- landscape, plants in good shape, flooring (that) shines -- those kinds of things," Alleva said. "People normally take that for granted, but someone has to deal with it to make it look that way and work that way."
Alleva will oversee a staff of five and also will oversee housekeeping, which will be contracted out, "and that's a major chunk of the job."
Alleva comes to International Plaza after 20 years with the Rouse Co. of Columbia, Md., a shopping center developer. He was regional operations manager for Rouse, stationed at Governor's Square Shopping Center in Tallahassee.
He oversaw 10 shopping centers from Miami to Tallahassee in his previous position, but International Plaza will be the largest regional shopping center he has supervised.
Alleva, 49, has a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Florida State University. He also attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and holds an associate's degree from Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich., his hometown.
He also worked as a federal ship inspector in San Francisco and served seven years in the Navy as a machinist mate responsible for engine room mechanics.
Alleva is a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, a fraternal organization, and has served on the board and as governor of the Tallahassee lodge.
He is single and has a Jack Russell terrier, which is "like having five children," he said.
An avid bass fisherman, Alleva's biggest catch to date is a 9-pounder caught last summer near Tallahassee.