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COAA 2016 Project Leadership Awards Announced

Posted 11/10/2016, by COAA

For Immediate Release                                                                                
November 10, 2016  

Laticia A. King



                                COAA 2016 Project Leadership Awards Announced 

Atlanta, GA – The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) announced the winners of their annual Project Leadership Awards at the Fall Owners Leadership Conference. The awards acknowledge and promote leadership, professionalism and management excellence of Owners involved in the design and construction process.
The 2016 Project Leadership Awards winners are stellar examples of leadership and excellence in the construction industry,” said Dean McCormick president of COAA.  “On behalf of all our members, I congratulate this year’s winners and commend them on their outstanding efforts.”
The awards committee is comprised of presidential-appointed COAA members.
This year the committee selected one gold, two silver, and one special award winners.
2016 Award Winners
Gold Award
Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton
The Gold Award was presented to the New Satellite Hospital for the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, the first net-new hospital built in Georgia in over 20 years. The design and construction was sustainable and advanced wellness while providing safety for patients, families, staff, and the community. This project exceeded many industry benchmarks including a Lean process-led design, a highly innovative and sustainable facility and completed ahead of schedule and under budget.  The designers and contractors utilized many innovative techniques that eliminated waste, decreased time from the schedule, and reduced overall project cost. The building boasts a true healing environment with attention to natural light, generous family waiting areas, well planned care giver space, and simple wayfinding.
Silver Awards
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

The City of Antonio received a Silver Award for the transformation of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, a project that reenergized and enhanced the 46-year old facility. The $325 million expansion and renovation project emphasized flexibility, connectivity and sustainability to create a convention center experience that showcases San Antonio’s rapidly growing downtown and vibrant culture.  This was the largest single capital project in the city’s history and was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building
Ohio State University also received a Silver Award for the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC) project.  This was one of the first buildings done on the campus in a construction manager at risk (CMAR) and is the first building with a BIM model approach, leading to a construction effort that came in $4 million under initial estimates.  The building with its approximate 135,000 assignable square feet of research and teaching space, is a beauty on campus. The CBEC has a LEED Silver rating and is a testament to how to design and build a cost-effective and functional building for collaborative and interdisciplinary science.
Special Award
One World Trade Center
The Special Award was presented to The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the One World Trade Center.  The One World Trade Center represents the first and the boldest of a new generation of commercial office building projects.  Its high strength concrete core structure and its many safety enhancements that go beyond building codes helps The One World Trade Center project reestablish the high rise commercial office building in New York City as the location of choice for tenants.

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Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) was founded in 1994 to serve the interests of construction project owners. Comprised of a diverse group of men and women representing construction project owners throughout America, COAA is committed to the continuous improvement of the design and construction process to maximize Owners’ project success. COAA supports this mission through education, information, scholarships and developing relationships within the industry.