By Don Rochon, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of its 2015 Commander's Design Awards for exceptionally designed facilities worldwide, Aug. 18.
"We congratulate this year's winners for exemplifying NAVFAC's planning and design excellence," said NAVFAC Chief Engineer and Capital Improvements Business Line Director Joseph Gott.
"This program recognizes exceptional planning and design projects that are based on excellence in global and regional planning, facility plans and studies, new facility design, family housing, building alteration, reuse, and interior design," he explained.
Navy architects and engineers impact naval bases around the world, providing Sailors, Marines and their families with high-quality offices, gymnasiums, homes, operational facilities and more. The buildings must be functional, safe, long lasting, environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. The NAVFAC design awards program showcases some of the Navy's best in this regard.
After completing a comprehensive review and analysis of the projects submitted by NAVFAC commands, a panel of expert judges composed of private sector and government service design professionals selected 12 projects for awards this year.
The Commander's Award for Design Excellence was given to the Daniel K. Inouye Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Center for Excellence, located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The Center for Excellence provides the Department of Defense a facility to provide the fullest possible accounting of missing service personnel to their families and the nation.
Honor awards were given to the physical fitness center at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina; the renovation of the St. Juliens Creek Annex Building, in Chesapeake, Virginia; and the historic design-build renovation of San Onofre Beach Club, San Diego.
Merit awards in facility design were given to Joint Air Traffic Control Facility, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans; Counter Battery Radar Facility, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California; Wallace Creek Regimental Complex Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ), Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Topsham, Maine.
Merit awards in planning were given for the Installation Master Plan at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, and the Coastal Campus Area Development Plan and Design Guidelines at Naval Base Coronado, San Diego.
A merit award in energy conservation was given for ground source heat pumps and housing upgrades on BEQs 1001 and 1044 at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Washington, and an award in engineering and sustainability studies was given to NAVFAC Washington (D.C.) for its in-house, retro-commissioning reports.
In addition, a new Design Team of the Year Award was given to NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic's Public Works Department, Portsmouth, Virginia, and NAVFAC Southeast's Integrated Product Team South and Central.