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Renovations and Technology Upgrades to NATO SACLANT Conference Room

The Project : NATO, the strategic military alliance between North American and European governments, came to the realization that it was time to modernize their SACLANT conference room to stay ahead of their communication challenges. NATO SACLANT, desired to utilize the same principles as businesses, employing a secure network to video conference and high-security video calling between military leaders and diplomats around the globe creating a direct channel to discuss issues threatening world-wide peace. Edgewater’s renovation would incorporate a total new, state-of-the-art video conferencing technology system.

Edgewater Construction’s contract began with the demolition of three existing projection screens and rebuilding the wall. A new wall was constructed in a location that was more effective for the new technology that required an opening to accommodate a new 24′ wide screen. This required re-routing a 4″ waste pipe in an existing soffit through to the exterior soffit then to the second floor.

Additionally, two new translation booths were constructed and a custom lighting package was installed.

The Challenge : NATO’s renovations required that the work be completed in an occupied high-security area with a fast-tracked schedule.

Value Added : Edgewater’s experience in high-security spaces and fast-tracking schedules proved to be an asset to this project.

Client : NATO SACLANT
Location : Norfolk, VA

James Collins, P.E., LEED GA
President

Email:

jcollins@edgewaterconst.com

Phone:

757.410.3166

Joined the Edgewater Team:

Jim is the President of Edgewater and started the company in 2006.

Background:

Jim Collins, a licensed civil engineer, has over 25 years of experience. Active duty in the US Navy prepared Jim to excel in vertical construction operations, estimating, project management, and contract administration around world for the Seabees and the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. Jim retired from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) where he gained construction experience from an owners’ point of view as a contracting officer. His vast experience prepared him to drive military construction projects through conceptual, design, and construction phases.

Education/Training:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA - Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA - Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
Affiliations:
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Certified LEED Green
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • U.S. Green Building Council
Richard Marano
Vice President

Email:

rmarano@edgewaterconst.com

Phone:

757.410.3166

Joined the Edgewater Team:

Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006.

Background:

Rich Marano is a civil engineering graduate of the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology who combined his degree in construction technology and took a different path, moving directly into the construction field. His career has upwardly traversed from assistant project manager to project manager to Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006. Rich’s resume shows achievements in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and general contracting. His experience in facility renovations and additions and new construction reached its highest point when Rich was assigned as Senior Project Manager for the Armada Hoffler Tower in Virginia Beach. This $86M project spanned 2 years and 13 floors (255,000 sq. ft.) of Class A office space, 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space and an adjoining a 22 floor 9 level cast-in-place parking garage with 1871 stalls.

Education/Training:
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY – Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
  • Suffolk County Community College Long Island NY - Associates in Construction Technology