MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — Louis Berger was the recipient of two American Planning Association (APA) Federal Planning Division (FPD) awards for resilient and community-focused projects in Breezy Point, New York and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Louis Berger thought leaders display APA FPD honor awards
Louis Berger thought leaders (left to right): Niek Veraart, vice president, resilience and urban facilities and planning practice leader; Ben Zitelli, principal planner and Fort Leavenworth award recipient; Susanna Arisso, senior urban designer and Breezy Point award recipient; and Ken Kost, senior vice president, buildings and facilities market leader.

Louis Berger thought leaders also presented three training workshops on planning and urban design in a changing climate environment. The presenters emphasized best practices and the need for community involvement, sustainable design, resilience and forward-thinking solutions.

“We share the APA’s commitment to creating better communities. Whether supporting municipalities or federal installations, we are proud to support our clients to deliver planning, design and resiliency solutions that allow them to overcome present challenges and future needs," said Ken Kost, senior vice president, buildings and facilities market leader. 

The Breezy Point Home Elevation Study, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and managed by the New York Governor's Office of Storm Recovery and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York won the 2016 APA FPD Honor Award in Category 4: Outstanding Technical Plan or Study. Devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Breezy Point community was in need of sustainable urban design guidelines for a resilient future. Louis Berger took an innovative, holistic approach to raising homes above base flood elevation levels, focusing equally on architectural quality, design guidelines and sustainable community based urbanism. 

Sponsored by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Louis Berger’s North Main Post Area Development Plan for Fort Leavenworth won the 2016 APA FPD Honor Award in Category 3: Outstanding Area Development Plan. The plan incorporated geographic information system (GIS) analysis and charrette participation from the local community and key stakeholders, providing a framework for development that preserved the extensive National Historic Landmark District while improving both vehicular and pedestrian transportation networks. Working closely with the installation environmental staff, Louis Berger also provided standards to minimize flooding, control erosion and protect stream corridors.

“Our two winning projects this year emphasize the community’s role in urban planning as well as the need for resilient, sustainable design that holistically addresses environmental, economic and resilience concerns,” said Niek Veraart, vice president, resilience and urban facilities and planning practice leader.

The awards were presented as part of the APA Federal Planning Division Training Workshop held in NYC on May 4-5, preceding the APA National Conference

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