Federal Planning Division Awards

2015 Award Winners

Category 1: Outstanding Federal Planning Program Honor Award

Federal Urban Design Element and Technical Addendum
National Capital Region

Sponsor:
National Capital Planning Commission

Contractor:
Digital Design and Imaging Services, Inc.

Remarks:  In 2015, the National Capital Planning Commission adopted a new design element for its comprehensive plan for Washington DC. The comprehensive plan is a statement of the principles, goals, and planning policies for shaping future development and further Washington’s role as the national capital and seat of the federal government. The project stresses how the built environment responds to natural geographic conditions and how the distinct system of public spaces and buildings shape the city’s human experience in subtle and formative ways. Urban identity encompasses the character of the monumental core, federal buildings, the symbolic skyline, unique view-sheds, and commemorative works. The Committee recognized the holistic view of urban form and its relationship to history, culture, the natural environment, and aesthetic appeal. Also significant are the quality of presentation, specific recommendations for preserving and enhancing the form and character of the nation’s capital, and potential for transferring design principles to other settings.

Category 1: Outstanding Federal Planning Program Merit Award

Nationwide Master Planning For Army Materiel Command
Red River Army Depot, Texas; McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Oklahoma; Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas

Sponsor:
HQ-AMC/U.S. Army Materiel Command

Contractor:
Merrick/Atkins Joint Venture

Remarks:  The U.S. Army Materiel Command is undergoing a holistic master planning process and has developed a new vision that includes stakeholder engagement, the capacity to adjust to changing mission at the facilities, life cycle analysis, and LEED design principles. The project asked stakeholders to rate the importance of sustainability planning, resource management, healthy community planning, defense planning, and capacity planning for future planning and development. Originality is displayed in using the design principles to elucidate planning priorities in conjunction with stakeholders; the process is easily modified for other facilities; and the reports for the Red River Army Depot and McAlester Army Ammunition Plant provide an excellent template for replication of this process elsewhere. The Committee also noted the high-quality graphics and GIS analysis and emphasis on being flexible and adaptive to uncertain future conditions.

Category 2: Outstanding Federal Planning Project Honor Award

Fort Buchanan Area Development Plan
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico

Sponsor:
Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Support Center

Contractor:
The Urban Collaborative

Remarks:  In 2014, the Army Reserves sponsored an Area Development Plan for the future of Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico. Relevant stakeholders were gathered for a week-long planning charrette, and the planning team developed a comprehensive framework that identifies opportunities for footprint reduction, future development, preservation, and a return to the traditional patterns that shaped the island. Planning objectives are comprehensive, linking human welfare, needs of the natural environment, and military security concerns. Originality stems from the development of three alternatives for future development, recognizing that there is not a single, optimum future but a range of alternative futures that can be the source for discussion and collaborative action. Planning objectives capture a breathtaking array of concerns from the need for a consolidated town center and compact development, to building design, tropical architecture, human transportation, green spaces and natural vegetation. The project showed extraordinary breadth of perspective, active engagement of relevant stakeholders, translation of planning principles into building, street, and landscape standards for revamping military bases.

Category 2: Outstanding Federal Planning Project Merit Award

Barksdale Air Force Base Installation Planning Standards
Barksdale AFB, Louisiana

Sponsor:
AFCEC, Barksdale AFB

Contractor: 
HDR

Remarks:  The Barksdale AFB IPS provide a clear set of planning standards based on a well-defined vision and objectives. The document will be used by the Base planning and design staff to educate contractors, builders, and stakeholders to ensure that building follows established standards that will lead to a more livable, more environmentally efficient base. The standards respect and will preserve the historical nature of the base, including Beau Arts buildings and French Colonial Revival Buildings, recognized by the Barksdale Field Historic District, which was accepted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The proposed standards build on best practice in the field of urban planning, incorporating such concepts as form-based planning, preservation of view corridors, infill construction, use of foliage to reduce noise, water management incorporate bio-swales, and high porous infrastructure surfaces, etc. The standards are very clear and should be easy to use. The document is reader friendly and compact, incorporating eye-catching and informative sketches, images, and spatial graphics.

Category 2: Outstanding Federal Planning Project Citation Award

Base-Wide Xeriscape & Landscaping Area Development Plan
Edwards Air Force Base, California

Sponsor:
U.S. Air Force

Remarks: This plan is a direct response to the extreme arid climate of the western Mojave Desert, where Edwards Air Force Base is located, and to energy conservation and environmental mandates of the US Air Force. Currently, Edwards allocates a much larger proportion of its overall water budget to support irrigated landscapes than any other Air Force installation. The implementation of the xeriscape-based re-landscaping of the Edwards Air Force Base will have very substantial impacts in terms of water conservation, livability, and landscape maintenance costs. Innovative aspects of the plan include the reuse of 100% of captured potable water for landscape irrigation, with a new water treatment plant and a reclaimed water storage facility. The plan is based on 11 zones or modules for ease of project scale planning. Over the past two years, the base funded 21 xeriscape projects at a cost of $2.2 million, although more needs to be done to fully implement the plan. The plan is enhanced by clear aerial imagery, maps, and color images, all organized around the 11 planning zones.

Category 3: Outstanding Area/Site Development Plan Honor Award

Marine Barracks Washington (MBW), DC 2015 Installation Master Plan
Marine Barracks, Washington, DC

Sponsor:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Washington

Contractor:
Cardno/Jacksonville, FL Office

Remarks:  The MBW 2015 Installation Master Plan Update represents a renewed vision and development plan for the nation’s oldest continuously active Marine Corps installation. The plan embraces its urban location and historic character, resulting in a unique blend of historic preservation, context-sensitive urban infill and development plans for highly constrained sites, and integration with adjacent neighborhoods. The report is thorough and extremely well done, including clear communication of the guiding vision and planning principles for MBW, as well as the identification of key projects and an impressive form-based code to facilitate implementation. The jury recognizes this plan for its comprehensive approach centered on heritage conservation and sustainability, as well as its thoughtful and extensive development program and implementation tools.

Category 3: Outstanding Area/Site Development Plan Merit Award

Fort Knox South Wilson Area Development Plan
Fort Knox, KY

Sponsor:
US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District
Fort Knox

Contractor:
The Urban Collaborative (with Merrick and Company)

Remarks:  The Fort Knox Southwest Area Development Plan represents a significant visioning process that led to a reimagined configuration for the base. The document not only defines clear goals for its training and “core purpose” areas, but establishes a new identity for the South Wilson District founded on principles of walkability, connectivity, and a vibrant town center. The Fort Knox Southwest ADP establishes an aggressive planning agenda for the next 20 years, including a development program and form-based code; it also grounds its planning efforts in a strong public participation process. The jury recognizes this plan for its inclusion of a strong public participation process via a multi-stakeholder, multi-day, progressive charrette, as well as its strong commitment to the core planning principles of heritage, walkable and connected communities, and sense of place.

Category 3: Outstanding Area/Site Development Plan Merit Award

2035 Master Plan for Naval Support Facility Arlington
NSA Washington: Arlington, VA

Sponsor:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval District Washington

Contractor:
Atkins/Louis Berger Group Joint Venture

Remarks:  The NSA Washington 2035 Master Plan provides a long-term framework for transforming the Naval Support Facility in Arlington into an efficient, 21st Century, modern facility. The plan is of high quality and has clear objectives and planning principles, including integration with the surrounding urban context, walkability, long-term densification, and sustainable development. To support these objectives, the document incorporates detailed analyses of the existing conditions and growth strategies. Alternatives could be assessed based on efficiency goals and physical planning principles. Particularly innovative is the implementation program. It was heavily informed by stakeholder participation and includes a phased implementation strategy and a matrix of planning systems strategies .The jury recognizes this plan for its context-sensitive approach to site development, as well as its clear application of planning principles to implementation strategies.

Category 4:  Outstanding Technical Plan or Study Honor Award

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Customer Concept Document
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area

Sponsor:
US Marine Corps Forces Reserve
US Army Corps of Engineers
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area

Contractor:
The Urban Collaborative (with Merrick and Company)

Remarks:  The Customer Concept Document (CCD) provides a comprehensive set of requirements for the design and construction of a new Reserve Training Center located at Parks RFTA in the City of Dublin, California. The CCD is a conceptual document that evaluates the site plan, building designs, floor plans, and vision of the facility in relationship to the Parks Master Plan. This document uses form-based codes to support outstanding sustainable designs, including mixed use development, walkable areas, and energy efficient buildings. The jury was impressed with the unique application of green strategies, energy modeling, and sustainability analysis. The CCD provides strategies for implementation and is an excellent model for similar projects across the nation.

Category 4:  Outstanding Technical Plan or Study Honor Award

Fort Hood Area Development Execution Plan
Fort Hood Military Installation

Sponsor:
US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District
Fort Hood

Contractor:
The Urban Collaborative

Remarks:  The Fort Hood Area Development Execution Plan (ADEP) was the first Army installation to incorporate ADEPs into a master plan. ADEPs tie a physical plan to an existing program in support of a master plan’s vision, which enhances strategic implementation and targeted funding. Fort Hood’s ADEP represents this principle on an unprecedented scale. The planning area is divided into 11 districts with 34-63 parcels in each. The parcel features were documented and separated into vertical and horizontal categories. Each parcel has a technical plan for demolition and construction and requirement for type, location, size, and cost estimate. Planning workshops identified priorities for each district by collecting feedback from planners, engineers and stakeholders. The jury was impressed by the breadth and depth of this program and by the efficient yet flexible nature of the final product.

Category 4: Outstanding Technical Plan or Study Merit Award

Parks Reserve Forces Training Area Development Execution Plan
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area

Sponsor:
Headquarters US Army Corps of Engineers
Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR)

Contractor:
The Urban Collaborative

Remarks:  This innovative technical document breaks down a large area plan to a human- scale project. PRFTA used a wide set of stakeholders, design charrette and walking survey to create a holistic implementation plan for every site and feature in the study area. The training area was broken into eight small cells, and site design and information were established in each cell. Thereafter, a complex matrix was used to organize the study’s findings into action items in a hierarchical order that helps direct project funding as it becomes available. This living document separates horizontal and vertical projects to prioritize implementation and categorize the detailed project requirements in each cell. The jury felt that this version of an Area Development Execution Plans provided excellent direction for short and long-term implementation and demonstrated the value of meticulous site evaluation.

Category 4:  Outstanding Technical Plan or Study Merit Award

National Museum of the American Sailor Visioning Book
Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois

Sponsor:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval District Washington

Contractor:
Atkins/Louis Berger Group Joint Venture (with Gallagher and Associates)

Remarks:  The National Museum of the American Sailor Visioning Book was created by a diverse team of stakeholders including planners, architects, theming experts and exhibit designers. The goal of the vision plan was to reinterpret and rebrand Navy museums in order to increase national visitation while emphasizing heritage, legacy and authentic storytelling. The new Naval Museum will train sailors, educate the public and honor the legacy of the American Sailor. The vision was vetted through an intensive feedback process. It prioritizes facility renovation projects, ensures the preservation of historic facilities, and maximizes interpretative space in a limited floor plan. The jury was impressed with the quality of the Visioning Book and its clear implementation goals. The production process involved sophisticated analysis methods and demonstrated comprehensive design considerations.

Category 5: Outstanding Environmental Planning Project Honor Award

Parks Reserve Forces Training Area Sustainability Component Plan
Parks Reserve Forces Training Area

Sponsor:
Headquarters US Army Corps of Engineers
Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR)

Contractor:
The Urban Collaborative

Remarks:  The Parks Reserve Forces Training Area Sustainability Component Plan offers a multi-faceted approach to sustainability that integrates energy, water, waste, and storm water.  The plan offered detailed assessments of existing conditions and projected alternatives through a series of baseline-better-best case scenarios.  These projections, in combination with best practice approaches, were used to develop phasing goals and layered strategies for achieving enhanced sustainability at the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area.  The jury recognizes this planning project for its multi-layered recommendations and integration of sustainability strategies with a phased master plan, as well as its transferability to other Federal and Department of Defense projects.

Category 5: Outstanding Environmental Planning Project Merit Award

MOTCO Environmental Impact Statement
Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTOCO), Concord, CA

Sponsor:
US Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

Contractor:
HB&A, Cardno

Remarks:  The MOTCO Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) follows a well-established, process; however, its execution and constraints make it worthy of recognition. The MOTCO EIS represents an effective document that incorporates high-quality graphics and tables in order to present technical information to a non-technical audience. The Summary of Impacts table is particularly useful, successfully synthesizing a wide range of analysis into a digestible, user-friendly tool. Similarly, best management practices and standard operating procedures were used to construct two tables that integrate strategies into the specific details of the project — for example, coordinating best management practices with the appropriate activity phases and resources areas. The jury recognizes the MOTCO EIS for its elevation of a standard process into a user-friendly, quick reference document for both a technical and non-technical audience.

Category 5: Outstanding Environmental Planning Project Citation Award

Airfield Obstructions and Controls Report for Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville
Naval Air Station, Jacksonville

Sponsor:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast

Contractor:
Ecology and Environment, Inc.

Remarks:  The Airfield Obstructions and Controls Report for Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville represents a new approach to detailed on (and off) base land use planning.  The project’s planning method is both innovative and transferrable to other bases, as well as non-military land use planning efforts. The project uses GIS and mapping technologies to standardize base features, including airfield obstructions, land uses, and noise zone information, which were layered into a quick reference mapping tool. Moving forward, this quick reference map will be used by NAS Jacksonville to rapidly and easily assess potential land use and development decisions. The jury recognizes this planning methodology and product as an innovative method of assessing constraints (or opportunities) and a creative, efficient tool to inform future site development decisions.

Category 6: Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project Honor Award

Army Community Partnerships
Multiple Locations

Sponsor:
Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management – Partnerships Office

Contractor:
Atkins/Marstel-Day

Remarks:  The Army Partnership Program, a pilot program in 2015, included the participation of four installations. The program aimed to partner with various state agencies and local governments to generate signed support agreements and MOUs. The partnership process included group meetings, a capacities conference, focus group workshops and a meeting on agreements. The program emphasized benefits gained in community development, cost savings and a wide range of new partnerships on topics including crisis response, education, and job fairs. Collaborative data sharing was a significant benefit of this approach. The jury saw these benefits and the value of a deliberately developed process for public engagement and partnership building among diverse community services.

Category 6: Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project Honor Award

Fort DeRussy Area Development Plan
Fort DeRussy Military Reservation

Sponsor:
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Army Garrison Hawaii

Contractor:
The Urban Collaborative

Remarks:  Over a two-year process, more than 80 stakeholders participated in a planning project to redevelop the DeRussy Military Reservation in Hawaii. This project depended upon collaboration among representatives from the military, university, city, local planning firms, hotels, and other sectors. The process involved two workshops. The first developed the vision, conducted site analysis and identified alternative plans. The second found a preferred alternative and established a plan for implementation. This integrated partnership provide a learning mechanism for planning by the stakeholders. The jury concluded that the process was thorough and detailed, and stood apart from others by including evaluation of alternatives and establishment of goals from the start of the project. The jury was also impressed by the staying power of the stakeholders.

Jury

  • Patricia Gober is the Interim Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University.
  • Douglas Webster is a Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University.
  • David Pijawka is a Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University.
  • Meagan Ehlenz, PhD, AICP, is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Arizona State University.
  • Feifei Zhang is a PhD student in Urban Planning at Arizona State University.
  • Bailey DuBois is a Masters student in Urban Planning at Arizona State University.

Previous Winners

2014 and 2013 Award winners