April 2017 Print

Post President's Corner

Hampton Roads Post Members,

Thank you to everyone who organized, sponsored, and participated in the Small Business Outreach & Industry Day in Norfolk last month. It was a huge success with more than 300 attendees representing private industry and 10+ government agencies. Proceeds from the conference support the Post’s education and mentoring program, which typically awards more than $25,000 in scholarships to qualified high school and college students each year. Monitor the Hampton Roads Post website for information on the 2017 scholarship deadline and application process. (

I am excited to announce that the Hampton Roads Post was recently named Top Large Post for 2016! According to SAME National’s website, “Each year, the Posts of the Society of American Military Engineers compete for Streamer Awards in recognition of outstanding performance and achievement.” Streamer submissions are then reviewed and the awards committee meets to select Top Small, Medium and Large Posts throughout the world. Streamers are judged on annual membership growth along with four categories that align with SAME focus areas: Education & Training, Leadership & Mentoring, Resilience (EPIR), and Relationships Recognition. To achieve the status of Top Large Post is quite an accomplishment.  I appreciate the efforts of Post volunteers in completing the award submissions.  Also, my sincere thanks to Past President J. Pat Rios, P.E., CEM, USN (Ret.); your hard work and guidance set us on the right track in early 2016.

Note: we will not meet at the Westin in April and May. On April 19th, we will meet at ODU for a presentation by Mr. Dan Ingold with Jacobs. The topic is: Implementing Solar PV and Energy Storage Systems for Federal Facility Microgrids. We have very few spots left and we cannot accept walk-ins due to the size of the facility. Parking information will be sent to attendees after registration. Please monitor our website and e-blasts for details on a site visit in March, as well as our annual board transition and scholarship awards program in June.

In closing, if you are interested in serving the post in 2017-2018, please contact me by phone or email (757-490-9264 or A list of current Board Members and positions is available on our website (  


Nicole C. Foster

Marketing Manager


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Upcoming Post Events


When: April 19, 2017
Title:  Implementing Solar PV and Energy Storage Systems for Federal Facility Microgrids
Presenter:  Mr. Dan Ingold (Jacobs), Program Manager, Renewable Energy & ICS Cybersecurity, Buildings and Infrastructure, Energy Solutions Group

Learning Objectives – PDH’s will be provided for this event:

1.  Understand how PV and Energy Storage System are designed to optimize energy security when in Island mode.

2.  Have an understanding of how to plan the PV and Energy Storage System to maximize revenue sources when interconnected onto local grid.

3.  Introduce the concept of implementing cybersecurity for energy resiliency
Location: Innovation Research Park Building 2 (IRP2) on the first floor: 4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508

 *Please note that due to the size of the facility we will not be able to accept walk-ins and online registration will be capped at 56 attendees.
**Parking will be located in Garage C (same block as IRP2 Building), attendees will receive a parking pass after registration


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Sustaining Member of the Month

ECC is an employee-owned business founded in 1985. Our mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive, and competitive environmental remediation, energy development, disaster recovery, munitions response, design-build, construction, and international development services to our clients. Supported by 300 professionals located in 14 offices around the globe, ECC has demonstrated the technical and managerial breadth and expertise to complete a variety of large-scale, concurrent projects worldwide, culminating in the execution of more than 1,660 projects valued at $7.6 billion.

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Member News

MSA Employees Honored by the Society of American Military Engineers

MSA, P.C. would like to congratulate Nicole Foster, MSA's Marketing Manager and President of  the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) Hampton Roads Post, on her sound leadership that resulted in the Post's recent designation as 2016 Top Large Post out of all of the large Posts throughout the world!

SAME is the premier professional military engineering association in the United States, uniting architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and related entities and individuals in the public and private sectors in support of national security.  SAME has more than 30,000 members at 105 Posts throughout the US and the world. To be named a "Top Post" is a distinct honor, and as President, Foster knows this could not have been accomplished without the efforts of Past President J. Pat Rios, P.E., CEM, USN (Ret.) and the support of her Board Members, including MSA's Vice President Doug Will.

Foster and Will, along with other 2017-2018 Hampton Roads Post volunteers, were also recently recognized by SAME Executive Director Brig. Gen. Joseph “Joe” Schroedel, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.) for their contributions to the Post. As a token of his appreciation, Schroedel presented Foster and Will with commemorative coins engraved with the SAME logo and crest.

MSA, P.C. is a Veteran Owned Small Business headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The firm provides environmental consulting, planning, surveying, civil and environmental engineering, and landscape architecture for public and private projects.  More information about MSA, P.C. can be found at


Dewberry Hires Christopher Johnson as Principal Engineer

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announced that Christopher Johnson, PE, has been hired as a principal engineer in the firm’s Virginia Beach, Virginia, office.

In his new role, Johnson is responsible for the management of sewer and water projects in the Hampton Roads area. He has extensive experience in replacement, rehabilitation, and maintenance of sanitary sewer facilities, gravity and pressure pipelines, and water pipelines. Additionally, his comprehensive knowledge includes pump hydraulics for sanitary sewer systems, sewer condition assessments, stormwater management and erosion, and sediment control plan review.

Johnson previously worked as an engineer for the Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities. While in this role, he served as a project manager for the Design and Construction Bureau and was responsible for construction in progress and engineering design projects with a total value of nearly $12 million per year. Johnson was also highly involved in the development and innovation of the department’s Pump Station Program, which included more than 400 pump stations.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University and is vice-chair for the Virginia Water Environment Association/American Water Works Association’s annual WaterJam conference.

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit

Stroud Pence Rebrands as Lynch Mykins
VIRGINIA BEACH, V.A., April 5, 2017 – Stroud Pence, one of the leading mid-Atlantic structural engineering firms, is rebranding as Lynch Mykins, effective today. The firm’s new name follows the retirement of its founders, Roger Stroud and Ed Pence, and a recent ownership transition to company executives Anna Lynch, PE and David Mykins, PE. Anna Lynch, located in Raleigh, will serve as CEO, and David Mykins, located in the firm’s Virginia Beach, Virginia office, will be president. 

Lynch joined Stroud Pence in 2003 and was named Raleigh managing director in 2011. As managing director, she introduced a renewed vision and strategic plan, which has resulted in the firms’ significant growth. Mykins joined the firm in 1986 and was named president in 2013. In his role, he has been responsible for leading the firm, including through its first-generation ownership transition.

Both Lynch and Mykins have led prominent projects across both North Carolina and Virginia. Lynch was the structural engineer of record for the polar bear exhibit expansion at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina, the East Carolina University Health Sciences Student Center in Greenville, North Carolina and a new 70,000-square-foot dormitory at Duke University. Mykins has led many projects across Virginia as the structural engineer of record, including the restoration of the 117,500-square-foot historic Cavalier Hotel and the 89,500-square-foot Tidewater Community College Student Center, both in Virginia Beach.

“With a clear vision, commitment to hard work and a strong dedication to client service excellence, Anna has led our Raleigh operation to become a beacon of growth for our entire firm,” said Mykins. “The success that our Raleigh office has realized during the last five years sets a benchmark of what we can achieve as a firm moving forward.”

“The growth opportunities for the mid-Atlantic region are robust and full of promise for Lynch Mykins,” said Lynch. “Building upon Stroud Pence’s 43-year reputation for structural engineering excellence, we will aspire to achieve new milestones as a firm that is known for its creative thinking and collaborative approach. I am very excited to embark on this new journey with the Lynch Mykins team.”

Lynch Mykins will continue to unveil its new brand throughout 2017.


Hampton Roads Post Celebrates 6th Annual Small Business  Outreach + Industry Day!


The Hampton Roads Post welcomed over 300 attendees to the 2017 Small Business Outreach + Industry Day. With the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard in our backyard, it was the perfect venue for an Industry Day and networking event of this magnitude.

Building on the past six years of successful conferences, our 2017 Committee worked tirelessly to meet and exceed expectations for this event! In addition to the one-on-one matchmaking tables, this year's conference features agency panels presenting their respective program briefings and contracting opportunities, as well as a joint session with the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA).


The social/networking side of things includes a young member event during the Icebreaker to encourage mentoring between "the old guard" and young members! And, the Restaurant Rally once again allowed attendees to network with friends and colleagues into the evening.


On behalf of the Board and the Committee, we are extremely proud of this year's conference, which is guaranteed to maintain the standard of excellence past attendees have come to expect from the SAME Small Business Outreach + Industry Day.



Small Business  Outreach + Industry Day Committee, fromtheleft:SarahKinna, CarrieKane, Karen Tasch,Stacey Higgins, Cindy Nash,BeverlyNoffsinger,TabithaAbnet,KatieMiller


Speakers for the event included:




  • Eric Allen, PE - Capitol Improvements Business Line Coordinator and Chief Engineer, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic
  • Frank Bevenga - Deputy Chief, Programs & Project Management Division, USACE Baltimore District
  • Michael Blount - SAME National President; Vice President, Navy Client Account Manager, AECOM
  • Owen Carneal - Command MILCON Program Manager, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
  • Michael Darrow, PE, PMP - Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management, USACE Norfolk District
  • Don Elliott - Station Facilities Development Officer, MCAS Cherry Point
  • John Evans - Deputy for Revitalization, NASA Langley
  • Connie Florendo - Business Opportunity Specialist, Richmond District Office, US Small Business Administration
  • Nicole Foster - President, SAME Hampton Roads Post, Director of Marketing, MSA, P.C.
  • Tom George - Director of the Bureau of Facilities Management, Department of General Services
  • Tamika Gray - Deputy for Small Business Programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Jerome Greene, MPM, MBA, MPS - Small Business Liaison Veterans Affairs, VISN 6
  • Rob McCracken - Chief, Project Management Element, Fort Eustis Civil Engineering
  • TSGT Justin Scherer - Contracting Officer, Joint Base Langley/Eustis & Langley Civil Engineering
  • John Mayo - Contracting Chief, USACE Wilmington District
  • Colonel Jason Kelly - District Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers - Norfolk District
  • Ross Woodson, PE - Chief of the Contracting Office for Construction, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Command, U. S. Coast Guard
  • Chris Zobel - Senior Area Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration


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Member Benefits

Employment Opportunities

As a service to our members, the Hampton Roads SAME Post website includes job positions or internships available at local firms and also allow for students or individual members who are looking for employment to list qualifications potential employers can view. Anyone wishing to place job positions should contact Beverly Noffsinger.

Sustaining Member News

The Hampton Roads SAME Post has been willing to publish articles submitted by Sustaining Member Firms and Individual Members that are deemed to be in the interest of SAME and the Hampton Roads Post.  Typical Articles may include contract awards from our member agencies (i.e. USCG, LANTDIV and Army Corps of Engineers) and key company hires or employee moves. Please send your good news to Beverly Noffsinger by the first Wednesday of each month.

Sustaining Member of the Month

One of our Sustaining Member firms is spotlighted each month, given the opportunity to set up a tabletop booth at the monthly meeting, and be recognized by the President at the start of each meeting. A representative of the firm is also invited to give a short overview of the firm at the luncheon.

The designated Sustaining Member of the Month also provides a summary of their firm’s expertise and services for the military engineering community to be printed in the newsletter. We ask that the Sustaining Member of the Month bring a raffle prize valued at approximately $50 to the luncheon for our Education and Mentoring raffle drawing. If you are interested in participating, please contact CindyNash.

Please note that with your firm’s Sustaining Membership, SIX (6) of your employees can be designated as sustaining members (includes two Young Members).

Please go to the National SAME web site and review your companystatusunderMembership.


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SAME Hampton Roads Post Sustaining Member Firms

Advanced Drainage Systems Homeland Contracting Corp.
Advanced Engineering Consultants Hourigan Construction
AECOM IDIAS Contracting
Aerostar SES LLC Involve, LLC
Aerotek, Inc. Jacobs
AGVIQ, LLC Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
Amec Foster Wheeler KBR Government Services
Apogee Consulting Group, P.A. KCI Technologies, Inc.
Applied Sciences & Information Systems, Inc. Kerr Environmental Services Corp.
ARCADIS, U.S., Inc Kimley-Horn
Asturian Group, Inc. Leidos
Atkins Mahorsky Group Inc
Balfour Beatty Construction McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc.
Beardsley Architects + Engineers McFarland Atlantic Construction
Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. Michael Baker International, Inc.
Blossom Consulting and Engineering Inc Moffatt & Nichol
Bluestone Environmental Group, Inc. MSA, P.C.
Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd. NASA
Bristol Industries Noah Enterprises, Inc.
Brown and Caldwell Normandeau Associates, Inc.
Burns & McDonnell OBG
C. Allan Bamforth, Jr., Engineer-Surveyor, Ltd. Ocean Construction Services, Inc
Cabrera Services Inc. Parsons
Cardno Pennoni Assoc. Inc.
CB&I Federal Services, LLC Perini Management Services, Inc.
CDM Smith Pond & Company
CES Consulting LLC RRMM Architects, P.C.
Clark Nexsen Sauer Inc. d/b/a Sauer Southeast
Collins Engineers Inc. Schenkel Shultz Architecture
CommScope (Government Solutions) Schnabel Engineering LLC
Consultech Environmental, LLC SEPI Engineering  & Construction, Inc.
Crowder Construction Company Stanley Consultants Inc.
Dewberry Stantec, Inc.
DJG Inc. Stroud, Pence & Associates, Ltd.
Draper Aden Associates STV
EA Engineering, Science, & Tech., Inc., PBC Summer Consultants, Inc.
Eaton Corporation Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, Inc.
ECC Syncon LLC
Ecology & Environment Inc. Tetra Tech Inc.
ECS  The Walsh Group
Elevatus Timmons Group
Engineering & Environment Inc. Truston Technologies Inc. 
Froehling & Robertson Vansant & Gusler Inc.
Gannett Fleming Inc. Veolia
GET Solutions, Inc. Versar
GHD Inc. VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Gilbane Federal Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects, Inc.
H&A | Hankins & Anderson WESCO/CSC
Hana Engineers and Consultants, LLC Weston Solutions, Inc.
HBA Architecture & Interior Design Wight & Company
HDR Wiley | Wilson
Heritage Environmental Services, LLC Woolpert, Inc.
  WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff

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