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HDR Receives Project, People Awards at 2022 SAME Conference

HDR participated, presented, and received awards at the Society of American Military Engineer’s Joint Engineering Training Conference and Expo, May 10-12 .

Two HDR projects received SAME National Merit Awards:

  • William Beaumont Army Medical Center: Susana Erpestad, director of federal architecture, and Dan Friedman, senior project architect, accepted the award for the William Beaumont Army Medical Center and presented how the building was designed to deliver a new era of healthcare to the Fort Bliss military community.
  • U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters Command and Control Facility: JJ Tang, director of federal facilities, and Mike Doiel, project delivery director accepted the award for U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters and spoke to how the Command and Control Facility serves as a showcase for recapitalization of other DoD aging installations worldwide.

HDR's JJ Tang and William Vondenkamp, federal principal, presented on transforming the Cyber Center of Excellence, a Vietnam War-era signal school, into a world-class academic cyber training campus.

At the awards gala, SAME awarded the prestigious Toulmin Award to Mike Doiel and Matt Bird from the U.S. Army Corps for Engineers, for their article “Designing a National Asset,” in The Military Engineer magazine's November to December issue. The Toulmin medal is awarded annually based on the criteria that published articles contribute to the knowledge of military engineering or national security and publicize and preserve the accomplishments of engineers in their missions throughout the world. Judging is based on the overall quality of writing and the project’s impact on current and future generations.

"It is wonderful to be at this conference with fellow colleagues, peers and clients and to have the opportunity to be recognized for and present on projects that are setting new precedents in supporting the federal government," Erpestad said. "We are grateful to the Society of American Military Engineers for hosting this event."

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