Atkins celebrates National Recognition Award winners - June 29, 2012
Tampa, FL — Business author and consultant Tom Peters once said, “Celebrate what you want to see more of.”
It’s in that spirit that Atkins, the industry-leading engineering and design consultancy, is delighted to announce the winners of its 2011 North American National Recognition Awards program.
Every year, Atkins encourages its nearly 3,000 North American associates to nominate examples of outstanding projects, people, technology, service, project management, and leadership for its Recognition Awards Program.
L. Dean Fox, Atkins’ North American CEO and President, said, “The winning projects, project managers, and their supporting project teams are outstanding representatives of Atkins, demonstrating the world-class solutions we provide for our clients. Further, the winners of our leadership, project management, customer service, technical achievement, and community service awards demonstrate the exceptional qualities we look for in our employees.”
A total of 22 awards have been given out. The Gold Medal winners in each category are:
- Projects under $2 million — Providing landscape architecture services for Admiral Mason Park in Pensacola, FL (Jeff Helms, project manager).
- Projects $2-50 million — Repairing and refurbishing Runway 05-23 at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State (David Schilling, project manager).
- Projects over $50 million — Directing improvements to the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant in Howard County, MD (Brian Balchunas, project manager).
- Innovative Application of Technology — Developing an innovative, web-based flood risk assessment solution for the State of Georgia (Garrett Skinner, project leader).
- Community Service — Raising nearly $30,000 and providing extensive volunteer services for a wide range of local charities in the Tampa, FL-area (Tampa Office).
- Customer Service/Transportation — Dan Liddle (Denver, CO) for cultivating and maintaining strong client relationships.
- Customer Service/Shared Services — Kathy Pozzi (Tampa, FL) for outstanding achievement in improving Atkins’ internal and external communications.
- Leadership/Transportation — Alastair Miller (Tampa, FL) for excellence in managing large projects and success in putting client needs first.
- Leadership/Water and Environment —Rachael Brown (Houston, TX) for success in directing Atkins’ accredited environmental toxicology lab and managing special projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
- Project Management/Transportation — Kevin Morgan (Pensacola, FL) for multi-faceted excellence in directing multiple projects and earning client confidence.
- Technical Achievement/Water and Environment — Kristin Caborn (Orlando, FL) for advanced skill and experience in parks and recreation project planning and management.
- Technical Achievement/Transportation — Gary Granata (Wesley Chapel, FL) for outstanding success in managing complex transportation construction projects for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
“It’s an honor to be able to celebrate the success of these noteworthy people and projects with these awards of distinction,” Fox stated. “I extend my personal thanks to each winner for all they do for Atkins and our clients.”
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Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies*, employing some 17,700 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Europe. It has the breadth and depth of expertise to plan, design, and enable some of the world's most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.
*It is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK (New Civil Engineer Consultants File 2011) and the 13th largest international design firm (Engineering News-Record 2011).
Recent projects include:
- Critical program management of storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats.
- Architectural and construction phase services for the new Tyndall Air Force Base Fitness Center, meeting LEED Platinum standards without impact to project cost.
- Equal partner in a joint venture that is providing full-service program/project management support for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, a $7.8-billion project encompassing ecological restoration, water storage, flood control, and recreation.
- Key transit projects – member of joint venture providing general engineering consultant team for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and project management oversight contractor for the Federal Transit Administration for major transit projects throughout the US.
- Lead firm on the Ascend, Joint Venture, LLC team, which is designing the $1.2-billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. International Terminal roadway system at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
- Meeting stringent nutrient removal requirements for wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay area through design of upgrades to Howard County, Maryland’s Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant, and design and construction of enhanced nutrient removal facilities at Anne Arundel County’s Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.
- Multi-year architecture-engineering construction management services for the US National Park Service, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at California’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards.