San Diego Post recognizes military projects of excellence at April Awards Luncheon

San Diego, Calif. –  The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) San Diego Post announced their Projects of Excellence awards during a special luncheon held on April 11 at the Holiday Inn on the Bay. This is the Post’s second annual awards program designed to recognize outstanding project contributions and leadership by its local members in supporting the mission of the United States Armed Forces in the planning, design and construction of regional military projects.

The Projects of Excellence Awards were presented by project size (small to large) in four categories: Buildings and Structures; Energy and Infrastructure; Environmental; and Architectural Engineering Planning Documents. Projects were judged by an independent panel of experts that included representatives from local and DOD agencies, industry and professional organizations. Click here to see the 2012 Projects of Excellence Awards Program.

In the Buildings and Structures category less than $5 million, Hal Hays Construction, with KMA Architecture as the Lead Design Firm, were recognized for their work on the Expansion and Conversion of Warehouse Space Building 888 into a ROICC office facility at MCAS Yuma. In the Buildings and Structures category between $5 and $15 million, RQ Construction with Carrier Johnson + Culture as the Lead Design Firm, received an award for the Seabee CEC Museum at Port Hueneme, which was designed and built to honor the legacy of the US Navy Seabees and the Civil Engineer Corps. In the Buildings and Structures category over $15 million,  Balfour Beatty Construction, with Lead Design Firm Cass Sowatsky Chapman & Associates, earned an award for the Wounded Warrior Battalion Campus at MCB Camp Pendleton, which was the first ever LEED Platinum certification for a U.S. Navy and/or U.S. Marine Corps Project worldwide.

In the Energy & Infrastructure Category, Stronghold Engineering was recognized for their work on the Conversion of Electrical Distribution Area 43-53 at MCB Camp Pendleton, which is part of a larger strategic plan being implemented by Camp Pendleton to improve the effectiveness and redundancy of their existing distribution systems.

In the Environmental category, a Project of Excellence Award was given to Weston Solutions for the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office, Petroleum Corrective Action at the Former Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINS) in Vallejo, which integrated the removal of 160,000 cubic yards of soil heavily impacted by weathered Bunker C waste oil with a schedule‐driven closure of the 72 acre Investigation Area on MINS. 

In the Architectural Engineering Planning Documents category, KTU+A Planning + Landscape Architecture was recognized for the McMillan Airfield Study at Camp Roberts, which represents an effort to provide a solid, executable plan for facility improvement that is essential to the future of Navy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations. The final award in this category went to AECOM for the 2030 Vision and Master Plan for MCB Camp Pendleton, which provides comprehensive guidance for future land use and development to ensure the Base remains ‘America’s Preeminent Littoral Training Base for 21st Century Warriors’ to 2030 and beyond. Also in this category, an Honorable Mention went to URS Corporation for the Commander Navy Region Southwest Regional Integration Plan 1.0, which supports NAVFAC Southwest endeavor to prioritize and resolve operational Capability Gaps.

A common thread in these award winning projects is their leadership achievement in the areas of innovation, collaboration, sustainability, safety and supporting the mission of the DOD client.

For more information, please contact Awards Chair Diane Elias at (858) 614-5025.

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