NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Announces its 2018 Military, Civilian Engineers of the Year

Story Number: NNS171206-15Release Date: 12/6/2017 11:04:00 AM
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By Jeffrey C. Doepp, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic announced its selections for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic civilian and military engineers of the year, Nov. 27.

David Cotnoir, P.E., senior water program manager in the Environmental Business Line Core was selected as the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Civilian Engineer of the Year, and Lt. Kathleen OrRico, P.E., construction manager at Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, was selected as the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Military Engineer of the Year.

"Please join me in congratulating these two outstanding engineers who were selected as the Midlant civilian and military engineers of the year for 2018," said NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Dean VanderLey. "This was a highly competitive process. Nominees were evaluated in the areas of engineering achievements, civic and humanitarian activities, professional registration, continuing education, and professional and technical society involvement."

Cotnoir, as technical lead for the development of drinking water guidance and sampling procedures, successfully managed water sampling at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Installations. His guidance and procedures were utilized by NAVFAC headquarters to develop Navy policy.

His study of drainage at Naval Support Activity Philadelphia led to a storm water management savings of $225 thousand a year.

In addition, as Mid-Atlantic's project manager, Cotnoir is responsible for the execution of 30 task orders totaling more than $4.238 million for clients that include Commander Navy Installations Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Marine Corps, and the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

As construction manager at Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, OrRico expertly managed a $3.2 million renovation of an existing child development center that required a major modification to correct issues that occurred due to settlement of the sewer line.

Understanding the importance to the Cherry Point mission, OrRico successfully managed a $10 million paving project of two installation runways by working closely with the company and preparing a plan for improving performance, keeping the project on schedule.

Currently, OrRico is successfully managing the $13 million renovation of Hangar 250, a 1940s vintage structure that will be the only remaining hangar of its era on base after the completion of the F-35 construction program. During the early stages of the project, she effectively managed several large modifications to relocate tenants and industrial equipment due to unforeseen conditions.

The winners went on to compete for the NAVFAC Engineer of the Year awards and potentially for higher honors in the National Society of Professional Engineer's Federal Engineer of the Year award program.

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic provides facilities engineering, public works and environmental products and services across an area of responsibility that spans from Georgia to Maine and as far west as Indiana. As an integral member of the Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic team, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic provides leadership through the Regional Engineer organization to ensure the region's facilities and infrastructure are managed efficiently and effectively.

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