The Air Force Civil Engineering Center recently announced the winners of the 2021 Air Force Design Awards, recognizing 10 outstanding construction projects in terms of design and efficiency.
“Lethality and readiness require modern and sustainable facilities and we continue to ensure that air and space force facilities have the infrastructure they need to accomplish their missions,” said Col. David Norton, Deputy Director of the engineering department of AFCEC facilities. “This year’s winning projects demonstrate exceptional designs focused on maximum value, innovation and construction excellence, setting the standard for design quality expected at our facilities. “
The Design Awards program, in its 46th year, honors the Air Force’s best projects. Since 1976, the Air Force program and private sector partners have recognized projects that achieve design excellence related to the natural and built environment.
The program awards three levels of awards: the Honor Award, which is the top prize, followed by the Merit Award and Citation.
The 2021 program awarded two honorary awards, one merit award and seven citation awards out of 18 nominations to the following recipients:
Honorary Award 2021
• Facility design: design of the Nellis Virtual Warfare Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
• Facility design: dental clinic replacement, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
Merit Award 2021
• Installation design: Air Force Reserve Command – Consolidated Mission Complex Phase 1, Robins AFB, Georgia
Quote Award 2021
• Facility design: Tactical Intervention Force Alert Facility, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
• Facility design: Common Distributed Ground Station Operations Center, Beale AFB, California
• Facility design: McConnell air traffic control tower, McConnell AFB, Kansas
• Facility renovations and additions: renovation of the F-35 maintenance hangar, Burlington Air National Guard base, Vermont
• Installation design: C-17 hangar, air reserve station at Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania
• Renovations and additions to facilities: Cressman Dining Room, Goodfellow AFB, Texas.
• Facility Design: New Squadron Operations Facility, Alabama Air National Guard, Montgomery, Alabama
The four-person jury, made up of architects and engineers from the Standards and Assessments Department of AFCEC, assessed the applications on the basis of their aesthetic merits, a fusion of functionality, durability, control overall cost and energy efficiency.
“This year’s design awards saw a variety of project submissions ranging from facility designs to renovations and facility additions. The winning projects demonstrate the Air Force’s continued commitment to providing quality facilities that are truly a benchmark of design excellence and built to last, ”said Michael Jackson, Air Force architect and manager. of the Air Force Design Awards program.
This awards program is led by the Facilities Engineering Directorate of AFCEC, the unit responsible for the design and construction of cost-effective and sustainable constructed infrastructure for air and space missions.
The branch provides engineering solutions to include the design, planning and execution of construction and military installations, sustainment, restoration and modernization throughout the company’s department of the Force Aerial.
“This is my first year at the helm of this program and it has been truly an honor to run a program that recognizes and promotes sustainable, functional, creative and resource-efficient design solutions for quality installations and facilities in the community. Air Force, ”Jackson said.
The awards ceremony will take place during AFCEC’s annual Virtual Symposium on Design and Construction Partnership, scheduled for December 14-15.