USACE DesignAwards2000 - The Whole Building Design Guide

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USACE DesignAwards2000 - The Whole Building Design Guide

2000Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program


This brochure marks the completion of the Chief ofEngineers Design and Environmental AwardsProgram - 2000. This program recognizes thedesign excellence demonstrated by completedprojects and professional works accomplished byU.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) teammembers and our private sector partners.Two panels of nationally recognized design andenvironmental professionals selected twenty projectsfor awards from the sixty-nine entries submitted byUSACE activities. The number of awards and thecomments of the juries indicate that our designscontinue to meet the highest professional standards.I appreciate the jury members who gaveenthusiastically of their time and expertise to makethis program a success.The quality of the entries this year demonstrates theUSACE commitment to satisfying our customers,building the USACE team, and serving the Army, theAir Force, the Department of Defense, and theNation. I extend my personal appreciation to theUSACE team members and private sectorcontractors who designed, constructed andpresented the projects offered for judging this year.I take great pleasure in presenting you this year’swinners of the Chief of Engineers Design andEnvironmental Awards Program.Message from the Chief:JOE N. BALLARDLieutenant General, USAChief of Engineers2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program1


Program History:The Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Programwas created in 1965 to recognize and promote excellence in the designand environmental achievement by USACE and its professional partners.The program has presented a total of 449 awards in the 26 timesit was judged.This year the program was judged in two categories, Design andEnvironmental. Constructed projects and professional works may besubmitted in either category. Two interdisciplinary juries selected atotal of 20 projects for awards. The juries met on February 28-29,2000, at USACE headquarters in Washington, DC.The program presents three types of awards.The Chief of Engineers Award of Excellence is the highest award.Only one award may be given for an entry in each of the two categories.This award can only be given by unanimous decision of the jury for anentry that truly exhibits excellence in all major professional design disciplines.The jury is not obligated to nominate any entry for this award,however, this year the juries gave the award in both categories.Honor Awards are given in both the categories to entries which demonstrateor stimulate excellence in each of the design disciplines. Thejuries determine the number of awards. An honor award can only begiven to an entry based on a majority decision of the jury and when nojuror casts a dissenting vote.Merit Awards are also given for projects in both categories. Meritawards may be related to individual disciplines (e.g., a Merit Award inarchitecture, landscape architecture, interior design, engineering, environmentaldesign, planning, energy conservation) or for excellence inmultiple disciplines. The juries determine the number and type of meritawards. A merit award can be given to an entry based on the recommendationof a single juror if no jurors offer dissenting votes.2


Chief of Engineers Award of Excellence:Rodman Materials Research Laboratory,Aberdeen Proving Ground, MarylandHonor Awards:Merit Awards:910th Wing Headquarters,Youngstown Air Reserve Center, OhioBrigade Area Barracks Revitalization,Fort Bragg, North CarolinaRenovation of Building 68, Rock Island Arsenal,Rock Island, IllinoisRenovation of Barracks, Building 47,Fort McNair, District of ColumbiaBRAC III KC-10 Maintenance Hangar Complex,McGuire Air Force Base, New JerseyDesign Awards:Design/Build Whole Neighborhood Replacement,Harrison Villa, Phase 1,Fort Lee, VirginiaSummary Development Plan,Schweinfurt, GermanyInformation Systems Facility,Fort Carson, ColoradoRecreational Pool / “Water Spout” Aquatic Center,Fort Buchanan, Bayamon, Puerto Rico2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 3


Design AwardsChief of Engineers Award of Excellence:Rodman Materials Research LaboratoryAberdeen Proving Ground, MarylandDesign Firms:The Benham Group, Oklahoma City, OklahomaSyska and Hennessy Engineers, New York, New YorkDesign Agency:U.S. Army Engineer District, BaltimoreThe laboratory demonstrates excellencefrom initial site planning to the detailing ofthe receptionist desk.4


A clear expression of a complete programexpressed in discreet forms connected bya circulation spine.This is a world-class center of excellence for materials research and development, providing a state-of-theartresearch environment in 149 laboratories. The layout fosters teamwork by emphasizing the visibility ofpeople moving within the building. A secure exterior courtyard between administrative and research spaceallows personnel to discuss classified work outside while remaining in a secure environment. The facilitywas designed in 60 percent of the time normally required for a project of this type. It was built on scheduleand seven percent below the $80 million budget. The new facility will save the federal government about$20,000,000 annually. The lab has fostered successful recruitment of top research staff, and technologiesemerging from its research programs are critical to the capabilities needed for the Army of the 21st century.Excellent integration with the site, amenities, choice of materials, and varied massing help provide a wonderful facility.2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 5


Design Awards Honor Award:910th Wing HeadquartersYoungstown Air Reserve Center,OhioDesign Firm:KZF Incorporated,Cincinnati, OhioDesign Agency:U.S. Army Engineer District, LouisvilleThe two-story 36,000-square-foot WingHeadquarters Building supports themanagement and training of the C-130 wing.It consolidates the required supportorganizations into a flexible facility thatcombines open office efficiency with therequired privacy and security for eachoccupant. The interior curved wall, in ametallic finish, is the principal visual designfeature. A large second floor window in thiscurved wall, centered on the axis of theboulevard outside, enables the commandsection to literally oversee the lobby, thespine of the base, and the airfield beyond.Glazing opens up the space with light and air.Design of workstations eliminatessharp edges by rounding corners.The siting of this buildingprovides an excellent solutionto the larger contextof the base, a terminus toan important boulevard.The skillful use of modest materials, fenestration and overallcomposition elevates this building’s contribution to a very high level.6


Brigade Area BarracksRevitalizationFort Bragg, North CarolinaDesign Firm:Rosser International,Atlanta, GeorgiaDesign Agency:U.S. Army Engineer District, SavannahThe $74 million new brigade area includeshousing for 900 single enlisted soldiers, fiveadministrative headquarters buildings, 17company operations facilities, and an 800-person dining facility. The aesthetic callsupon the classic design of militaryarchitecture of the 1920s and 1930s foundthroughout Fort Bragg. A comprehensiveinterior design and furnishings package waspart of the design solution. Buildings weredeveloped around courtyards to providepassive recreation within the landscapedcommons areas.The entry to the complex is articulated with agateway form structure.Lighting in each space wasprovided by sourcesappropriate to the task andenvironment. Dining isprovided with attachedtable/seating furniture foreasy cleaning.Design Awards Honor Award:Nice residential appearance. The elevations demonstrate excellentproportions and overcome the long horizontal lines normally associatedwith exterior circulation. Landscaping design was executed effectively.2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 7


Design Awards Merit Award:Renovation of Building 68Rock Island Arsenal, IllinoisDesign Firm:URS Greiner Woodward Clyde,Columbus, OhioDesign Agent:Army Engineer District, LouisvilleBuilding 68 was one of several buildingsselected to house Defense Finance andAccounting Service personnel. The building(built in 1878 and listed on the NationalRegister of Historic Places) had to berenovated and modernized. The mainchallenges were to maintain historicalintegrity while satisfying modern technicalrequirements, and to phase the project whilethe building remained more than two-thirdsoccupied. The project was completed for$15,500,000 in two years. This was$900,000 below budget and six monthsahead of schedule.High-density modular results in a small modularfootprint. To compensate for small stations theside panels are lower. The floor envelope has avery high ceiling, which opens up the space forthe modular workstations.The restoration of this atticcreates a pleasant officeenvironment. Indirectlighting of the exposed steelstructure provides anhonest appreciation of thebuilding’s parts.Good adaptation ofhistoric railing to currentaccessibility standards.8


Renovation of Barracks,Building 47Fort McNair,District of ColumbiaDesign Firms:Cochran, Stephenson and Donkervoet, Inc.,Baltimore, MarylandWhitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani, Inc.,Baltimore, MarylandHenry Adams, Inc.,Baltimore, MarylandDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, BaltimoreBarracks Building 47, built in 1903, definesthe north edge of the historic ParadeGround. It had to be totally renovatedand modernized to the new 1+1 livingstandard inside, while retaining its historicappearance. The design team did this inpart by creating symmetrical, geometricallyregular interior spaces, by using naturalfinished wood trim, millwork and cabinetry,and by developing a vibrant but historicallyaccurate color palette.Jurors appreciated the “crossing” of theplan with a hierarchy of material and color.Modern lighting was tastefullyselected to compliment the historicintegrity of the overall project.Design Awards Merit Award:Beautifully understated;the design showsexcellent restraint.Arch windows add lightto room interiors2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 9


Design Awards Merit Award:BRAC III KC-10 MaintenanceHangar ComplexMcGuire Air Force Base,New JerseyDesign Firm:Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, P.C.,Oklahoma City, OklahomaDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, New YorkThe 153,131-square-foot hangar complex isa state-of-the-art military aircraftmaintenance facility supporting the localKC-10 fleet. The design consists of three102-foot-high aircraft servicing bays, eachdedicated to a distinct aircraft operation,which wrap around a central shop andsupport core. The exterior is composed ofdifferent bands of color and texture whichadd interest and visually shorten thisfacility. The curved profiled metal panelsacross the hangar nose bay and warehouseand the sloped deep rib metal panel canopyabove the entry doors clearly define themain points of access and let the building beperceived in a more human scale.The design of the hangar complex effectively reduced theapparent height of a ten-story structure.The long interior corridor was delineated with tastefulpilasters and patterned flooring to visually shorten thelength of the corridor.The interior design created anupscale office appearance withinan industrial project.The design team took what could have been a generic maintenance facilityand created a building meeting the highest professional standards.Outstanding for this project was thedevelopment of new fire protectioncriteria for maintenance hangars.10


Design/Build WholeNeighborhood ReplacementHarrison Villa, Phase 1Fort Lee, VirginiaDesign Firms:Hunt Building Corporation,El Paso, TexasSpectrum Land Planning,Simi Valley, CaliforniaDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, NorfolkThe existing Harrison Villa was junior NCOhousing built in the late 1950s. It hadbarracks-like townhouses with up to 10 unitsper building and parking in uncoveredpaved lots. This Phase 1 project demolishedhalf the existing buildings and replaced themwith new energy efficient housing. The 135three-, four-, and five- bedroom units werebuilt as two-story duplexes. The area wasexpanded into adjacent undeveloped land todevelop a community of lesser density. Newroads, utilities, recreation facilities, andpedestrian routes were incorporated into thedesign. The project was also the firstDepartment of Defense family housing to beaccepted in the EPA “Energy Star Homes”program. These homes areconstructed to use 40% lessenergy than comparable unitsconstructed to commercialstandards. Annual energysavings are projected toexceed $84,000 per year.Dining/living area delineated by personal furniture placement,which gives choice to occupants. Half wall in hall opens upspace to living/dining area for less enclosed feeling.Garages offset in adjacent units provide separationand feeling of privacy. Front porches promotecommunity feeling and interaction potential.Design Awards Merit Award:Duplexes provide suburbanresidential environment formilitary families.2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 11


Design Awards Merit Award:Summary Development PlanSchweinfurt, GermanyDesign Firm:Black and Veatch Special Projects Corporation,Overland Park, KansasDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, EuropeThe Summary Development Plan (SDP) is anew Army master planning tool, and the SDPSchweinfurt is one of the first to be completed.It represents an innovative approach to masterplanning in that it streamlines the process towhere it is practical for communities toparticipate in long-range planning. The SDPSchweinfurt enables the command staff tobetter understand community issues bypresenting a large volume of valuableinformation in one concise document. It actsas a guideline for long-range development thatgives continuity to base planning despitepersonnel changes and is a way to introducenew personnel to the community.The report summarizes findings, and focuses on certaintargeted areas.Youth Center.The report graphicsare good and userfriendly.The process used generated a very workable document, clearly presented, with strong recommendations.12


Information Systems FacilityFort Carson, ColoradoDesign Firm:Peckham Guyton Albers and Viets, Inc.,St. Louis, MissouriDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, OmahaThe Information Systems Facility is thecenter of post communications. The 65,000-square-foot facility has two floors. The firstfloor contains the public entry, printingplant, mail room, computer room, andtelephone switch. The second floor housesthe commander’s suite, training rooms, andstaff offices. This simple layout uses thefront-door/back-door character of the site,with the parking lot and main entry adjacentto the public access, and the loading dockand mail deliveries in back.This buildingestablishes one axialrelationship gesturingto a focus on theplaza.Design Awards Merit Award:Sunlight streams in to providenatural light by good use of glass.Glass front on conference roomprovides open feeling.Artwork in lobby is relativeto the geographic location.The siting of the project demonstrates consideration of the larger area beyond the building itself.2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 13


Design Awards Merit Award:Recreational Pool /“Water Spout” Aquatic CenterFort Buchanan, Bayamon,Puerto RicoDesign Firm:Heery International, Inc.,Atlanta, GeorgiaDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, JacksonvilleThe 6,000-square-foot Aquatic Centerprovides a resort-like area for all ages withinthe security of the base. It includes a 25-meter lap pool with a water polo area, awater recreation area with water slides, anda zero-depth-entry family pool area. Poolareas are zoned for different age groups, andinclude large shaded areas both in and out ofthe water, and various water features.Additional amenities include picnic areas, avolleyball court, and landscaping whichprovides a scenic environment. The entrybuilding is fully functional and providescontrolled entry and exit, space for a snackbar, game room, locker, toilets, showers, amultipurpose room, and administrationareas, plus mechanical/ electrical and pumpsystems equipment spaces.Overall the project is playful.This project provides family areas for various age groups to relax and enjoy the community.14


Chief of Engineers Award of Excellence:San Antonio River Tunnel,San Antonio, TexasHonor Awards:Merit Awards:Micro Modeling,St. Louis, MissouriVic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area,Yolo County, CaliforniaAransas National Wildlife Refuge,Aransas and Calhoun Counties, TexasMingo Creek Local Protection Project,Tulsa, OklahomaMatewan Local Protection Project,Matewan, West VirginiaSouris River Basin Flood Control Project,North Dakota and Saskatchewan, CanadaThe Yazoo Basin, Channel Improvement Item 3B-1,Leflore County, MississippiNAPL Recovery Skimmer System,Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaEnvironmental Awards:Benedictine Bottoms,Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation ProjectAtchison County, Kansas2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 15


Environmental AwardsChief of Engineers Award of Excellence:San Antonio River TunnelSan Antonio, TexasDesign Firms:U. S. Army Engineer District, Fort WorthSan Antonio River Authority, San Antonio, TexasParsons, Brinkerhoff, Quade and Douglas, Inc., Chicago, IllinoisFrank J. Dillard and Associates, Inc., Houston, TexasCH2M Hill, Dallas, TexasCarter and Burgess, Inc., Dallas, TexasJames E. Keeter, Inc., San Antonio, TexasHDR / Simpson, San Antonio, TexasENSR Corporation, San Antonio, TexasFugro McClelland, Austin, TexasDesign Agent:U. S. Army Engineer District, Fort WorthWater features are sculpted intoparks to provide scenic vistas.Inlet SiteThe project increases the city’s park system.16


The San Antonio River Tunnel is partof the San Antonio Channel Improvementflood damage reduction project. The tunnelis about 140 feet below the surface and 3.1miles long. The tunnel is about 24 feet indiameter and provides protection from a100-year flood event. The San AntonioTunnel, and its sister tunnel on San PedroCreek, are inverted siphons. This is theOutlet SiteForms fit the function.Outlet Sitefirst known use of a tunnel siphon for amajor urban flood damage reductionproject. In October 1998, just monthsafter the tunnel was finished, a flood ofrecord threatened to devastate thedowntown and Riverwalk areas. Withoutthe tunnel, the downtown would havebeen under about six feet of water. It isestimated the San Antonio River Tunnelpaid for itself in damages prevented in thisone event.Inlet SiteThis project embodies excellence.2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 17


Environmental Honor Award:Micro ModelingSt. Louis DistrictDesign Firm:U. S. Army Engineer District, St. LouisDesign Agent:U. S. Army Engineer District, St. LouisMicro Modeling, developed in conjunctionwith the University of Missouri, Rolla, is anextremely small scale physical sedimenttransport and flow modeling systemfor rivers and streams. Revolutionary inscope, it was awarded a U.S. patent in 1997.The physical, moveable-bed sedimentmodels are used to define master planprogramming parameters, develop plansand specifications, forecast constructioncosts, and accomplish real-time analysisof channel response to river engineeringand environmental applications. It isdramatically more cost-effective and timeefficientthan previous physical modelingmethods.The model saves $125 for every 1$ invested.This model has reduced the cost of scale model studies by 90% and study time by 90%18


Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area,Yolo County, CaliforniaDesign Firms:U.S. Army Engineer District, SacramentoDucks Unlimited, Inc.,Rancho Cordova, CaliforniaDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, SacramentoThis project restores wetlands habitat lostduring creation of the Sacramento RiverFlood Control Project and Yolo Bypassfloodway system, which built more than1,000 miles of levees along the SacramentoRiver to the Delta. The goal was to restorewetlands while meeting flood damagereduction, agricultural, and wildlifeobjectives and criteria. The solution evolvedinto a cooperative restoration projectinvolving more than 20 organizationsincluding federal, state, and localgovernments, private organizations, andagricultural landowners.Environmental Honor Award:This broad partnering effort involving over 20 agencies,organizations, governments, and private citizens resulted in thelargest wetland restoration in the western U.S. (3,600 acres).2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 19


Environmental Honor Award:Aransas National Wildlife RefugeAransas and Calhoun Counties,TexasDesign Firm:U.S. Army Engineer District, GalvestonDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, GalvestonThis project involves a 31 mile stretch of theGulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway, 13.25miles of which lie within the AransasNational Wildlife Refuge. The goal of theproject was to eliminate serious bankerosion and improve the habitat for theendangered whooping crane, which wintersin the refuge. Articulated concrete blockmats mold to the shoreline, and the openspaces in the blocks encourage plantgrowth along the shoreline. Geotextiletubes are used as a breakwater. Thesefeatures do not change the terrain, protectthe shoreline, and preserve the whoopingcrane habitat.This project is exemplary for its marriageof environmental and commercialinterests through effective partnering andenvironmental innovation.20


Mingo CreekLocal Protection ProjectTulsa, OklahomaDesign Firms:U.S. Army Engineer District,Tulsa, OklahomaMansur-Daubert-Strella, Inc.,Tulsa, OklahomaWilbur Smith and Associates,Houston, TexasThe Benham Group,Tulsa, OklahomaCarter and Burgess,Fort Worth, TexasSverdrup Corporation,St. Louis, MissouriDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, TulsaIn the 1980’s, Tulsa led the nation in federalflood disaster declarations. Two-thirds ofthe declarations in Tulsa were the result offlooding in the Mingo Creek watershed. Thisproject provides flood damage reductionimprovements with 23 floodwater detentionsites and 10 miles of channel improvements.Many of the flood damage reduction areasare popular places to jog, bicycle, fish,picnic, or play soccer. The design permittedpreservation of 17 acres of hardwoodbottomland in the Mingo Creek basin. About870 new trees were planted in and aroundthe detention sites, and the lakes in thedetention sites are stocked with fish.Mingo Creek epitomizes multi-objectivefloodplain management.Environmental Honor Award:2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 21


Environmental Merit Award:Matewan Local Protection ProjectMatewan, West VirginiaDesign Firms:DLZ Corporation,Columbus, OhioBooker Associates, Inc.,Lexington, KentuckyDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, HuntingtonMatewan has been repeatedly subjected todevastating floods. This project substantiallyreduces damages with a concrete floodwall,pumping station, and all necessary facilities.The design includes relocating utilities,highways, and railroad facilities. The projectalso provides sites for businesses andresidential housing redevelopment, and fornew structures to house the town hall and firestation. Graphics have been cast into thefloodwall depicting local architecture,natural surroundings, and historical eventsincluding the 1756 Lewis Expedition, and theHatfield-McCoy feud. The words “Welcometo Matewan” are also cast into the wall.Flood protection for thishistorically significant townresulted not only in mitigationof recurrent flooding but also insupport for local socioeconomicdevelopment.22


Souris River Basin FloodControl ProjectNorth Dakota andSaskatchewan, CanadaDesign Firms:Owen Ayres and Associates,Eau Claire, WisconsinSverdrup Corporation,St. Louis, MissouriProgressive Consulting Engineers,Minneapolis, MinnesotaKBM, Grand Forks,North DakotaKapur and Associates,Ashippun, WisconsinAlfred Benesch & Company,Chicago, IllinoisWidseth, Smith, Nolting & Associates,Inc.,Crookston, MinnesotaDesign Agent:U. S. Army Engineer District, St. PaulEnvironmental Merit Award:Throughout history, the Souris River Basinhas endured flood-related tragedies. TheSouris River Basin Project is a large,multifaceted approach to flood damagereduction that gives 100-year flood protectionto Minot, N.D., and the entire Souris RiverBasin. The project successfully integratesfloodwater storage with other Federal andCanadian multipurpose projects.The project is impressive for its 24,000 square mile geographicalextent and for its multi-national and agency coordination.2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 23


Environmental Merit Award:The Yazoo Basin, ChannelImprovement Item 3B-1Leflore County, MississippiDesign Firm:U.S. Army Engineer District, VicksburgDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, VicksburgChannel Improvement Item 3B-1consisted primarily of five miles of channelimprovements. The problems were performingthe needed excavation, and placing thelarge volume of dredged material. Channelexcavation was accomplished using a floatinghydraulic dredge to reduce the impact on bankvegetation. The excavated material waspumped into a large confined disposal facilitywhich is designed to operate as a waterfowlforaging area to serve a migratorybird flyaway.This use of a former agricultural parcel integrated a wildlifehaven along a nationally significant migratory bird flyway.This project is an innovative approach to using dredged material to create wetland habitaton agricultural lands. Broad multi-disciplinary input avoided adverse impacts to forests,wetlands, and cultural resources, while earning praise from agricultural land owners.24


NAPL RecoverySkimmer SystemPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaDesign Firms:U.S. Army Engineer District, BaltimoreMalcolm Pirnie, Inc.,White Plains, New YorkDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, BaltimoreThe Defense Supply Center Philadelphiawas scheduled for closure under the 1993Base Realignment and Closure Act.Environmental investigations found Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) petroleum inthe groundwater. The volume of NAPL wasestimated to exceed one million gallons.Baltimore District determined that askimmer system would be most effective.Two types of skimmers were used.Pneumatically activated skimmers torecover only NAPL and no groundwater arevery energy efficient. For wells where NAPLrecovery was slow, passive skimmers, whichconsume no electrical energy, were installed.This project demonstrates a quick, responsive, efficient, and lowcostprocess which to date has removed 220,000 of the 1,000,000gallons of NAPL for only $0.35 per gallon, dramatically exceedingproject expectations.Environmental Merit Award:2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 25


Environmental Merit Award:Benedictine BottomsMissouri River Fish and WildlifeMitigation ProjectAtchison County, KansasDesign Firms:U.S. Army Engineer District, Kansas CityU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Columbia, MissouriDesign Agent:U.S. Army Engineer District, Kansas CityThe Missouri River Fish and WildlifeMitigation Project restores fish and wildlifehabitat lost to the construction andmaintenance of the Missouri River BankStabilization and Navigation Projectbetween l9l2 and l980. Selected mitigationsites must be compatible with the authorizedpurposes of the navigation project and haveno adverse effects on navigation, thecapacity of existing levee, or on thefloodway. At Benedictine Bottoms, KansasCity District restored a wetland-bottomlandtimber-wetland-prairiecomplex in thefloodplain and created diversity in theaquatic habitat of the adjacent channelwithout disturbing navigation or thecontinuing operation of Missouri RiverLevee Unit R440.The project is innovative as a habitat restoration project. Through coordination with four state fish and wildlifeagencies, the design and construction team has developed four major wetlands systems and shoreline habitat areas.26


Design AwardsStanding (L to R):Mr. Richard Lippy, P.E.Mr. Marc R. Hurwitz, P.E.Seated (L to R):Mr. Thomas Kerns, FAIAMs. Joyce Penrod, IIDAMs. Susanne DiGeronimo, FAIAMr. Thomas James, RLA, ASLAJury MembersJurors:Environmental AwardsJury MembersStanding (L to R):Mr. Michael F. Schmidt, P.E.Dr. Wulin Li, Ph.D, P.E.Mr. Raj Barr-Kumar, FAIA, RIBASeated (L to R):Mr. Robert W. Good, ASLAMs. Ayodele McClennyMr. Michael G. Pavlides2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 27


Design Awards Jurors Biographies:Ms. Suzanne DiGeronimo, FAIA. Ms. DiGeronimo isco-founder with her husband, Louis, of DiGeronimo,P.A., a New Jersey firm involved in the practice ofarchitecture, landscape architecture, planning andconstruction management. Ms. DiGeronimo graduatedSumma cum Laude from the Fashion Institute ofTechnology, Interior Design, in 1967. She received herBachelor of Architecture Degree in 1973 from CooperUnion in New York. She is a licensed ProfessionalPlanner in New Jersey and a licensed Architect in NewJersey, California, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, NewYork, and Puerto Rico. Ms. DiGeronimo has served as1991 Chair of the American Institute of ArchitectsPractice Committee and has held numerous positions inthe Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.).Her awards include the Governor’s Certificate ofAchievement in 1984, the S.A.M.E. Gold Medal in 1995,and the Certificate of Merit for OutstandingPerformance as Vice President of S.A.M.E. 1995-1997.Mr. Marc R. Hurwitz, P.E. Mr. Hurwitz received hisBachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering fromWashington University in St. Louis, and he is aregistered professional engineer in Maryland. Mr.Hurwitz is a project manager in the consultingengineering firm of James Posey Associates. Prior tojoining James Posey Associates, Mr. Hurwitz wasassociated with Hillen Electrical Company of OwensMills, Maryland. Some of his significant projectsinclude the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Levine MusicHall Addition at Western Maryland College, and theWBAL television studios in Baltimore. He has heldmany offices in the Maryland Society of ProfessionalEngineers and will become its President in 2001. Inaddition, he is active in the Institute of Electrical andElectronic Engineers and the Illuminating EngineeringSociety of North America.Mr. Thomas James, RLA, ASLA. Mr. James is anUrban Designer, Land Planner, and LandscapeArchitect with over 24 years experience in planning andlandscape architecture in both the public and privatesectors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors inAmerican Studies, Anthropology, and LandscapeArchitecture from the University of Delaware and aMasters of Landscape Architecture with Distinctionfrom Harvard University. Prior to starting his own firmhe was Managing Design Principal for SWA group andChief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President ofHOH Associates. Mr. James has a wide range of projectdesign, master planning, and urban design experience.His projects include the New Terminal Complex, Middleand North Parking Garage, National Airport,Washington, DC, with Cesar Pelli and Associates, andthe Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia.He is a member of the American Society of LandscapeArchitects, the Urban Land Institute, and the NationalAssociation of Industrial and Office Parks.Mr. Thomas L. Kerns, FAIA. Mr. Kerns is theprincipal and founder of Kerns Group Architects, a midsizedfirm located in Arlington, Virginia. A graduate ofOhio State University, he was awarded the title of,“Distinguished Alumnus” in 1992 for his contributionsto the architectural profession. Mr. Kerns has wonnumerous awards for commercial, residential,institutional and ecclesiastical buildings including TheSecretary of Defense, Design Excellence Award for theHenderson Hall Multipurpose Facility, Arlington,Virginia. His other awards include The InterfaithForum on Religion, Art and Architecture Award for St.Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls, Virginia; TheAmerican Wood Council Design Award for theMontessori Country School, Darnestown, Maryland;and more than 25 AIA Chapter Awards. Mr. Kerns was1984 President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of AIAand is an active juror at national universities.Mr. Richard D. Lippy, P.E. Mr. Lippy is a graduate ofthe Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor ofScience in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Lippy recentlyretired from Henry Adams, Inc., a 100 year oldmechanical and electrical design firm with offices inBaltimore and Washington, DC, where he served asDirector, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer. Hehas designed various hospitals, life care and militaryfacilities and has specialized expertise in renovations.His projects include the Baltimore VeteransAdministration Hospital, Corcoran Gallery of Art, andDunham, DeWitt and Kimbrough Army Hospitals. Mr.Lippy has reviewed projects for the Baltimore BuildingCongress Craftsmanship Awards, and has also servedon the engineering award panel for the ConsultingEngineer’s Council of Maryland. He is a member of theASHRAE, ASPE, BOCA, NFPA and CSI.Ms. Joyce A. Penrod, IIDA. Ms. Penrod is a FacilityPlanning Project Manager for the Ohio Department ofAdministrative Services, Columbus, Ohio. She graduatedSumma cum Laude from Ohio University in 1980 with aBachelor of Science, Health & Human Services, InteriorDesign. She is a Certified Interior Designer and has helda certificate from the NCIDQ since 1982. She served asCombined Charities Campaign Chairman, OhioUniversity Interior Design Advisory Board Member,NCIDQ Design Juror, and has held a number of positionswith the Institute of Business Designers (IBD) and theInternational Interior Design Association (IIDA). Shehas received the Ohio University Alumni Award ofRecognition 1987, IBD Chapter Certificate ofAppreciation 1993 and 1995, and Columbus Chapter,American Institute of Architects 1997 Honors Award forOffices of the State Architect of Ohio. Ms. Penrodcurrently is serving the final year of her three-year termas IIDA Government Forum Director.28


Mr. Raj Barr-Kumar, FAIA, RIBA. Mr. Barr-Kumar ispresident of Barr-Kumar Architects Engineers PC, aninternational architecture, engineering, interiors, andconstruction management practice based inWashington, DC. He has designed award winningembassies, medical facilities, hotels, restaurants, officebuildings, and custom homes including the Embassy ofSri Lanka, and World Bank in Washington, DC. Mr.Barr-Kumar was president of the American Institute ofArchitects in 1997, and has lectured extensively at internationalsymposia and at universities includingHarvard, Yale, UCLA and London. Mr. Barr-Kumar haschaired design awards including Bienal do Brasil,International Marble Design Awards, GovernorGeneral’s Design Awards in Jamaica, and numerousAIA design awards programs.Mr. Robert W. Good, ASLA. Mr. Good is a foundingpartner and principal of Stephenson & Good, aWashington, D.C. based landscape architectural, planningand urban design firm. Mr. Good holds a Bachelorof Landscape Architecture from Cornell University anda Masters of Landscape Architecture from theUniversity of Michigan. A registered landscape architectin Maryland, Virginia and Connecticut, he has beenthe chairman of the American Society of LandscapeArchitects Committee on the National Capital. He hasreceived numerous awards for his work including theSecretary of Defense, Excellence in Design Award forthe Air Force One Presidential Fleet Complex atAndrews Air Force Base and the Henderson Hall MultipurposeFacility/ NMAA Headquarters at HendersonHall, Arlington, VA. Among his works are the masterplan for the Residence of the Vice President and therestoration of the Memorial Amphitheater Grounds atArlington National Cemetery.Dr. Wulin Li, Ph. D., P.E. Dr. Wulin Li received hisBachelor of Science degree from Beijing PolytechnicUniversity in Structural Engineering. He received hisMaster of Science and Ph. D. in Civil Engineering fromthe University of Maryland. He is an expert in buildingstructural rehabilitation and renovation. Dr. Li isDirector of Structural Engineering in CAD-CONConsulting, Inc., a multi-discipline engineering consultingfirm in Manassas, Virginia. Dr. Li has alsoaccomplished engineering research projects sponsoredby National Science Foundation and Federal HighwayAdministrations. His publications include“Strengthening of Composite Steel-Concrete Bridges”,Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, December1995. He is a currently registered ProfessionalEngineer in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.He is the chairman of structural engineering committeeof National Capital Section of American Society ofCivil Engineers.Ms. Ayodele McClenney. Ms. McClenney is theManager of Energy and Environmental Programs atGeorge Washington University in Washington, DC. Sheholds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree fromHoward University School of Engineering and a JurisDoctor from the University of Maryland School of Law.Her career has been centered in EnvironmentalManagement with experience in financial planning,engineering design and construction, and communityconsensus building for environmental projects. She haspracticed in the public and private sectors includingseveral years in Japan with the U.S. Air Force. Ms.McClenny is founder and president of The McClenneyGroup, Inc., a consulting group with an emphasis inresearch, analysis, quality control and technical documentation.She has supported the American Society ofCivil Engineers and is active with the Association ofProfessional Energy Managers, various cross-functionalthink tanks, and other networking organizations.Mr. Michael G. Pavlides. Mr. Pavlides is VicePresident at Michael Baker Jr., Inc. He received hisBachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from LehighUniversity and his Master of Science in CivilEngineering from George Washington University. Hehas 29 years of experience in water resources, coastalengineering, evaluation and implementation of computermapping and Geographic Information Systems(GIS), and emergency management and hazard mitigationplanning projects. Mr. Pavlides’ Famine EarlyWarning System GIS project for the U.S. Agency forInternational Development earned a State of MarylandConsulting Engineers Council Award for EngineeringExcellence, becoming the first project of its type to winsuch an award. Mr. Pavlides is the President of theAssociation of State Floodplain Managers Foundation.He is also a member of the American Society of CivilEngineers and the American Society forPhotogrammetry and Remote Sensing.Mr. Michael F. Schmidt, P.E. Mr. Schmidt is a 1984graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor ofScience in Environmental Engineering. He is a registeredprofessional engineer in Florida and has over sixteenyears experience in water resource, watershed, andstormwater master planning, modeling, facilitiesdesign, and permitting. He serves as stormwater modelcaretaker and stormwater/watershed director for CampDresser and McKee’s Water Resource Practice Group.Mr. Schmidt has been the senior technical advisor anddirector for storm water master and facility plans formany cities and counties. He is an advising instructorfor landfill and storm water management courses at theUniversity of Florida, Center for Training, Researchand Education for Environmental Occupation. He alsohas been an instructor for Storm Water ManagementModel courses at Oregon State University, theUniversity of Colorado, and the American Society ofCivil Engineers.Environmental Awards Jurors Biographies:2000 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program 29


Program ChairmenMr. William Brown, Sr., P.E., HAIAPrincipal Assistant for Military ProgramsMr. Dwight A. Beranek, P.E.Chief, Engineering and Construction DivisionOffice of the Deputy Commanding General for Civil WorksProgram CoordinatorsMr. Lawrence P. Delaney, AIAChief ArchitectEngineering & Construction DivisionMr. James J. Bickley, P.E.General EngineerEngineering & Construction DivisionMr. Frank A. Norcross, R.A., IIDAInterior Design ProponentEngineering & Construction DivisionPrepared by:Visual Access, Inc., Alexandria, VAwithFrank A. Norcross, R.A., IIDAJeffrey T. Hooghouse, AIA, IIDAJames J. Bickley, P.E.


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