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POWER awarded SAME 2017 Gold Medal for Design Excellence

November 2017

From left to right, POWER Interior Designer Rachel Bandli, Architectural Project Lead Michael DiLoreto and Principal/Design Quality Control Manager Scott Harm are only three members of an integrated design/build team that made the renovation and expansion of the historic NAS Whidbey Island possible. The project was awarded the 2017 Gold Medal for Design Excellence from the Society of American Military Engineers.

HAILEY, Idaho (Nov. 15, 2017) ‒ The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Seattle Post awarded its 2017 Gold Medal for Design Excellence to design-build contractor The Korte Company and lead design firm POWER Engineers Incorporated (POWER) for a renovation and expansion of a historic Naval facility.

The project consisted of the expansion of Hangars 6 and 9 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Hangar 6, constructed in 1954, is registered with the State Historic Preservation Office and is the last Brunswick-style hangar on the west coast. It previously housed the P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft but needed to be expanded as the Navy transitions to Boeing’s P-8a Poseidon aircraft, which is substantially larger. The project needed to be completed while allowing all squadrons at the facility to remain active through construction.

As Design Manager and Architectural Design lead for this $50.6M project, POWER worked with Korte, Boeing, NAVFAC headquarters, NAVFAC Northwest and other key players to develop a design that maintained the integrity of the building’s historic façade while achieving LEED Silver certification.

“It was truly a gratifying experience to be involved a project that is so vital for maintaining our national security,” said POWER Architectural Project Lead Michael DiLoreto. “Though the project presented the design team with multiple challenges, the team came together to ensure a successful and ultimately rewarding outcome.”

This project was made possible by the combined efforts of Korte, Boeing, Wood Harbinger (Mechanical/Electrical Design), KPFF Consulting Engineers (Civil/Structural Design) and Tuazon (Fire Protection Design).