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Air Force reveals winners of the 2014 Design Awards

An F-22 hangar, squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, shared top honors for facility design in the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. In addition to aesthetic qualities, the annual awards program considers energy efficiency, functionality and sustainability when singling out the Air Force’s best design projects. (Courtesy photo)

An F-22 hangar, squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, shared top honors for facility design in the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. In addition to aesthetic qualities, the annual awards program considers energy efficiency, functionality and sustainability when singling out the Air Force’s best design projects. (Courtesy photo)

The Postgraduate Dental School and Clinic at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, shared top honors for facility design in the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. The awards program recognized seven projects across three levels exemplifying the service’s focus on sustainable infrastructure. (Courtesy photo)

The Postgraduate Dental School and Clinic at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, shared top honors for facility design in the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. The awards program recognized seven projects across three levels exemplifying the service’s focus on sustainable infrastructure. (Courtesy photo)

The Postgraduate Dental School and Clinic at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, shared top honors for facility design in the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. The awards program recognized seven projects across three levels exemplifying the service’s focus on sustainable infrastructure. (Courtesy photo)

The Postgraduate Dental School and Clinic at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, shared top honors for facility design in the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. The awards program recognized seven projects across three levels exemplifying the service’s focus on sustainable infrastructure. (Courtesy photo)

An F-22 hangar, squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, shared top honors for facility design in the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. In addition to aesthetic qualities, the annual awards program considers energy efficiency, functionality and sustainability when singling out the Air Force’s best design projects. (Photo courtesy/ Douglas Peebles Photography)

An F-22 hangar, squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, shared top honors for facility design in the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. In addition to aesthetic qualities, the annual awards program considers energy efficiency, functionality and sustainability when singling out the Air Force’s best design projects. (Photo courtesy/ Douglas Peebles Photography)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The Air Force has announced the winners of the 2014 Air Force Design Awards. Seven projects were recognized for achieving excellence in design.

"Winning projects like these raise the bar on the Air Force's standard of excellence for facilities that are 'battle ready, built right," said Col. Mark Sloan, deputy director of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Facility Engineering Directorate. "These facilities were designed with aesthetics and functionality in mind, while still placing strong emphasis on resource and cost efficiency."

The U.S. Air Force Design Awards program, established in 1976 and managed by AFCEC, recognizes and promotes design excellence across the Air Force.

There are three levels of awards: Honor awards signify the best in design, followed by merit awards. Citation awards, the third award level, are given to designs that possess a special aspect that also deserves recognition, said David Duncan, manager of the awards program.

"The panel of jurors comprises experts of the highest professional standards who are knowledgeable of the Air Force's design standards," Duncan said. "When assessing a project, we ask jurors to place a strong emphasis on cost control, energy efficiency, functionality and sustainability."

2014 Honor Award
Facility Design: F-22 Hangar and Squadron Operations and Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Hawaii Air National Guard, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and the Postgraduate Dental School and Clinic, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

2014 Merit Award
Facility Renovations and Additions: Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Facility Design: F-22 Systems Support Facility, Hill AFB, Utah; the Permanent Large Vehicle Inspection Station, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.; and the U.S. Strategic Command Gate, Offutt AFB, Neb.

2014 Citation Award
Facility Renovations and Additions: Communications Facility, Hawaii Air National Guard, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.