NORFOLK, Va. – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic recently named Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Padhi and JoAnn Price its Engineers of the Year.
The two competed for the honor as the NAVFAC enterprise-wide Military Engineer of the Year and a Civilian Engineer of the Year. The NAVFAC winners compete in the National Society of Professional Engineer's Federal Engineer of the Year Award (FEYA) program.
Padhi works as Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Divisions Director (FEAD) for Public Works Department Pennsylvania while Price serves as the Programs and Business Manager for NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic’s Public Works business line.
A 2000 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Padhi also serves as the Public Works Officer for Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton and the Resident Office in Charge of Construction Operations Officer for Camp Pendleton.
Padhi says the recognition is a result of the unique and exceptional projects he has supervised. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had,” said Padhi. “This is representative of the projects and I’m honored and humbled to be nominated by the organization of my colleagues.”
Padhi, who led a team on the flagship $563 million Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital Replacement project, achieved unprecedented construction results. He coordinated an innovative design development, review and approval process. As a result, his team received early design acceptance and construction start, zero change order delays, zero reportable safety mishaps and Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation, according to Cdr. Andrew Sullivan, Public Works Officer at PWD Pennsylvania. The project was completed $20 million under budget and three months early in 2013.
Padhi is also credited with the transformation of a 25-person department at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton to field the critical MV-22 Osprey aircraft and accommodate a variety of short-fused mission changes, including a $135 million Military Construction program. Completely revamped facilities maintenance functions, improving service call response time by 30 percent and propelling the execution of an Energy Investment Project program which also garnered the Secretary of the Navy Gold Level of Achievement for Energy Management.
Price holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University. In her position, Price’s works expands beyond traditional engineering functions, supervising a staff of 14 in community management, workforce development and productivity improvements.
Price worked on a number of projects, developing programs that saved NAVFAC millions of dollars. Her team annually executes and tracks more than $100 million in Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (SRM) projects and exceeded set goals by $11 million in FY14. Concurrently, Price led the development of a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), identifying nearly 750,000 square feet of excess space and creating solutions that minimized footprint, reducing maintenance costs by more than $2.5 million annually.
According to Craig Mayer, Public Works Business Line Coordinator, Price has also worked tirelessly on career development for NAVFAC employees, leading a blue-collar apprenticeship program critical to meeting the command’s attrition challenges and developing a collaborative leadership challenge program.