Birmingham, Ala. (July 26, 2013) —CMH is pleased to announce that its recently completed project, the Main Exchange Replacement at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, has won a prestigious Design-Build Merit Award. Designbuild is an integrated project delivery approach wherein architects and contractors collaborate in all phases of a project in order to achieve budget, schedule, design, and construction goals. The 2013 National Design-Build Awards program was the most competitive to date, and submissions were rigorously judged by a panel of industry experts, looking for projects that demonstrate advanced and innovative application of design-build best practices.
The 150,000-square-foot, two-story full line department store includes a bank, pharmacy, food court, and parking deck. CMH not only fulfilled the green standards of excellence, winning LEED Gold certification for this complex project, but also did so while working within the constraints of an extremely tight site at the National Naval Medical Center. Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie joined forces with Michigan-based Walbridge Construction to serve as the contractor for the project. The design-build team will attend the annual Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas in November to accept their award.
“This important recognition validates not only our firm’s collaborative strengths,” said CMH Senior Vice President Michael O’Kelley, “but also our ability to create new and efficient-design solutions while adhering to strict timeline and working within a specific budget.”