By Lee Saunders, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest Commanding Officer Capt. Mark K. Edelson recognized James R. Sheetz and Cmdr. Michael W. Carr II with the 2018 NAVFAC Southwest civilian and military engineer of the year awards and Tania R. Bove with the 2018 NAVFAC Southwest civilian designer of the year award during a ceremony Feb. 22 in San Diego.
The ceremony also recognized the command's newly licensed professional engineers and architects with Edelson presenting command coins to each.
"There were many qualified candidates making the selection difficult, but at the end, two engineers and one designer were selected based on many criteria including their contribution to the command," said John Coon, NAVFAC Southwest Capital Improvements Business Line leader and chief engineer.
Carr is NAVFAC Southwest assistant operations officer (AOPS) for the Coastal Integrated Products Team (IPT). Sheetz is a supervisory environmental engineer. Bove is the lead architect and design manager with the Facility Engineering Acquisition Division (FEAD) Coastal Campus.
Sheetz was selected as the 2018 NAVFAC Southwest Civilian Engineer of the Year for a number of accomplishments. One of these was his work with developing a bi-annual professional engineer exam review course that helped 33 active duty and civilian personnel achieve their professional registrations.
He developed course materials for 20 exam topics that met National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) specifications for fluids and hydraulics, hydrology, open channel flow and culverts, groundwater and wells, water chemistry, thermodynamics, air quality fate and transport. He supervised six instructors and course for in-person and remote students. The course led to the successful licensing of graduates at NAVFAC, Marine Corps, Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC), and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The course saved the Navy approximately $100,000.
Carr was selected as the 2018 NAVFAC Southwest Military Engineer of the Year for his leadership of more than a 100 people including architects and engineers in planning, designing, construction, and environmental projects valued over $200 million a year. He leads the team's engineering efforts involving facilities projects for new construction, renovations, utility upgrades, waterfront engineering, dredging of the San Diego bay, and environmental clean-up at the four largest Navy installations on the West Coast.
One of the projects is the design and construction oversight for a brand new Navy installation at Naval Base Coronado called Coastal Campus. The $1 billion project is a monumental planning and engineering effort to build over a ten year period a new state of the art naval installation supporting the training and operations of Naval Special Warfare Command (Navy SEALS).
Bove was selected as the 2018 NAVFAC Southwest Civilian Designer of the Year for her work on the $1 billion Coastal Campus military construction (MILCON) program. She is responsible for the design quality assurance of all architect-engineer (AE) contract deliverables and verifying that completed designs meet governing laws and criteria. This work required Bove to work within budget and meet Naval Special Warfare's demanding requirements.
Bove was also responsible for the oversight of a $27 million dynamic shooting range. It is the most sophisticated indoor shooting range on the West Coast with no significant quality issues.
The newly licensed professional engineers and architects are LT Alexandra Sovie, Cesar Davalos, Rafael Enriquez, Content Arnold, Robert Nordahl, LT Patrick Durnan, and Uriel Serna.