SAME Oklahoma City (OKC) Post has partnered with SAME Wichita Mountains Post and Tinker Civil Engineering (Tinker CE) to improve the local community by helping low-income senior citizens rebuild their homes. This effort is made possible through Rebuilding Together OKC, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization that focuses on improving neighborhoods by making homes safe, warm and dry for low-income senior citizens.
On Apr. 21, 2012, members of the OKC Post visited Juanita Walker to assist her with much needed home improvement. The Post made significant installations and remodeling to her home with the help of many community volunteers and donors including the Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU), AMEC, Asset Group, Evans & Associates, Oklahoma Electrical Supply Company (OESCO), Southwind, Konnetco, Honeywell, Elliott Roofing, Brian’s Flooring and Home Depot.
The home repairs included kitchen remodeling; removal and replacement of all exterior windows; removal and replacement of all exterior fascia; exterior and interior painting, installation of window trims, new sanitary sewer line, new carpet, flooring, toilet, weather stripping and grab bars. Additionally, the home's electrical system was inspected and updated with new light fixtures and outlets.
The OKC Post and Tinker CE have been recognized by the Rebuilding Together OKC, Inc. as a critical component of their yearly Work Day efforts. According to OKC Post President Martha J. Smith, AMEC, "Our focus on strengthening the community, teamwork and strong work ethic continually allows us to deliver outstanding projects complete with happy homeowners."
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.
The Charleston Post held its annual Industry Day on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston, S.C.
With over 200 present, the Post welcomed Dr. Robert D. Wolff, PE, F.SAME Executive Director, as a guest of honor. The lunch speaker, Dr. Jason Hallstrom from Clemson University, intrigued the audience with his highly interactive presentation of the Intelligent River Project. Clemson University has deployed sensors and corresponding system software for the Intelligent River Project along the Savannah River in upstate South Carolina. Researchers are monitoring 120 miles of river with wireless sensor motes that monitor a wide variety of parameters associated with water quality, pollution and environmental impacts.
The Industry Day featured Technical Breakout Sessions held by representatives from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Ft. Bragg, and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Charleston. The Young Member Event followed the sessions, which included a Toastmasters Presentation on Public Speaking.
New this year, over 100 members attended the Industry Day Icebreaker at the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history and evolution of the fire service. Guests enjoyed interactive exhibits featuring real smoke, hands on displays, a theater, children’s play area and fire truck simulator. The Museum proved to be a remarkable venue for the Icebreaker.
April 11, 2012- SAME Tampa Bay Post awarded members for their contributions to the Society. The Post presented JR Kozera, Business Development Manager for HSA Engineers & Scientists, the distinguished SAME Regional Vice President (RVP) Medal for his efforts in promoting the Society’s mission of developing future engineers through outreach and mentoring. He was instrumental in establishing a need-based scholarship at the University of South Florida for engineering students with an emphasis in ROTC involvement. Kozera is also actively involved in encouraging and selecting high school students to attend SAME Engineering and Construction Camps. The camps are designed for high school students who excel in math, science and technical courses and are interested in pursuing engineering in college.
In addition to the RVP Medal, the post awarded RVP coins to the following distinguished members:
On October 2011, a recognition ceremony took place in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District Headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany to honor distinguished members of the Rhein Main Post. Col. Scott Jarvis, SAME Europe Regional Vice President (RVP) awarded three RVP medals and seven RVP coins to deserving members for years of outstanding, dedicated service to SAME.
The event was long overdue for one of the most consistently productive Posts in the European Region. “SAME is alive and well in Europe thanks in great part to the efforts and accomplishments of the Rhein Main Post members that we recognized today,” stated Col. Jarvis.
Rhein Main Post was recently named the Top Small Post for 2011 and will receive the award at the upcoming Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) in May.
Congratulations to the following RVP medal recipients:
Congratulations to the following RVP coin recipients:
According to Sandra Jones Zettersten, AIA, RA, Dipl.-Ing. Architektin, F.SAME, "It was great to have Col. Jarvis here to recognize so many of our dedicated members who have worked selflessly over the years to make our post what it is today. I am extremely proud to have such great people in this organization.”
Capt. Matthew Altman, P.E.