Diane Hammonds, the Branch Manager for Sain’s Louisiana [...]
We are very proud of our work on the Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning. We’ve been honored to receive Excellence in Construction awards for the project, and we’re excited to add a National Recognition Award to the list.
On April 21, 2015 Sain Owner/Principal, Jim Meads and Project Manager, Darren Hamrick traveled to Washington D.C. to receive a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at their 2015 Engineering Excellence (EEA) competition.
“Winning an ACEC National Recognition Award is a tremendous achievement for our firm, and it makes me very proud of our staff,” said Jim. “We have received many different types of awards over the years, but to receive a prestigious national award for exceptional achievement in engineering was really special.”
The black-tie awards gala felt like the Academy Awards of the engineering industry, and the atmosphere was very grand. “ACEC rolled out the red carpet and really celebrated our achievements. It was humbling to see our project competing with such amazing jobs,” said Darren.
Martin Army Community Hospital is one of the biggest government projects Sain Associates has been involved in. The 745,000 square foot, state of the art facility will provide health care for more than 90,000 soldiers, family members and retirees and doubles the size of the medical center’s current facility.
“It gives me great satisfaction to know that we successfully delivered a world class hospital for the troops who deserve the very best facilities. It was also very fulfilling to collaborate with such a creative, talented team,” Darren said. “It gives me great confidence to know that we can deliver innovative designs for such complex projects, on schedule and within budgets.
We worked with the builder, Turner Universal Construction on the design-build team for the project. For us, it involved performing a topographic survey and designing all the site-related aspects of the project, including an exit ramp off I-185, a 0.75 mile boulevard/roadway and design of the site containing two parking garages, two clinics, a hospital tower and the entire supporting utility infrastructure. We also designed an innovative storm water management structure, which infiltrated storm water from all design storms up to the 100-year storm. This involved a 50 acre site that discharges less rainwater post-development than pre-development. This innovative design exceeded the environmental stewardship goals expressed in the LEED sustainability plan to achieve a LEED Gold Certification.
During their trip to Washington, D.C., Darren and Jim also had the opportunity to meet with congressmen and senators on behalf of the engineering community, and to see our government at work. They were especially interested in talking with representatives about finding solutions to the diminishing Highway Trust Fund.