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NATO Symbol Replacement Plaza of the Flags

The Project : In an unpredictable world, NATO remains an essential source of international stability. Comprised of military strategists from its powerful Alliance of 29 nations, NATO continuously monitors and adapts to the cycles of political, military and institutional change to protect nation-member countries and populations from threats. This important mission is housed in the City of Norfolk in the Headquarters for Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. While its main mission is to concentrate on Warfare Development NATO SACLANT serves an international ceremonial mission, too.

Replacing the official NATO symbol showcased in the plaza surrounded by the original member countries’ flags became the honorable mission of Edgewater Construction Services. Edgewater removed the existing Terrazzo materials that composed the original medallion and prepped the space for a new installation. An intricate and painstaking process of cutting and laying new 2X2 mosaic tile symbol began under an extremely exacting work schedule.

Edgewater earned a letter of Commendation from NATO.

The Challenge : Work processes required scheduling around weather, daily flag raising ceremonies and a completion date prior to the month-long Azalea Festival ceremonies and festivities celebrating NATO, our international guests and NATO military representatives and families.

Value Added : Edgewater created an intricate schedule of work starts and stops so as to not interrupt daily flag raising ceremonies while pushing for the rigid deadline. To avoid weather delays that occur in Coastal Virginia’s season of rain and the occasional snow storm, the work area was tented to assure on-time completion.

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