FORT WORTH, Texas – The American Planning Association has singled out four Fort Worth District projects for honors in the 2016 Federal Planning Division Awards. They will be presented at the annual awards banquet May 4 in New York City. The APA contest honors achievements in the development and implementation of comprehensive planning and land management policies, techniques and procedures on federal properties.
“The broad scope of these awards speak volumes to the planning expertise in the Regional Planning and Environmental Center,” said Col. Calvin C. Hudson II, commander, Fort Worth District. “From developing sustainable energy planning technology, to Army installation design, to lake master plans, to charting Johnson Space Center’s future – our team is leading the Nation into new frontiers.”
Here is a summary of the awards:
· Citation Award, Outstanding Federal Program for Integration and Demonstration of CAMPS Dashboard with Net Zero Planner Tool, Fort Hood, Texas, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, with the support of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory and contractor Ecology and Environment Inc. The project developed and demonstrated integration of sustainability software that reduces the cost and time for energy planning.
· Honor Award, Outstanding Area/Site Development Plan for Fort Polk Warrior Plaza Area Development Plan, Fort Polk, Louisiana, in support of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters, with contractor The Urban Collaborative. The developed a planning vision to create a downtown that focuses on recreation, shopping and housing services for the base community.
· Merit Award, Outstanding Environmental Planning Project for revising the Whitney Lake Master Plan, which had not been updated since 1972. The team executed a new Headquarters process that was measurable, practical, found efficiencies, sped the revision, reduced the cost and made future lake master plans revisions routine.
· Merit Award, Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project for NASA Johnson Space Center Master Plan Update, JSC Main, JSC Ellington Field and Sonny Carter (Clear Lake, Texas) and White Sands Test Facility (Las Cruces, New Mexico) with contractor The Urban Collaborative. The team utilized newly developed sustainability software tools to update the JSC Master Plan to cope with new challenges of tight capital budgets, climate change, energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reduction.