Restored Catoctin Aqueduct at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park.
Earthquake assessment work on the Washington Monument at National Mall & Memorial Parks.
The Denver Service Center recently presented the 2012 Glenn O. Hendrix Award to two parks in the National Capital Region - Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and National Mall and Memorial Parks. The award recognizes long-term partnerships between park staff and the Denver Service Center on planning, design, and construction projects.
The award was presented November 29, 2012 during a project worksession between the National Capital Region and the Denver Service Center. Kevin Brandt, superintendent, and Dan Copenhaver, Chief of Preservation and Project Management, accepted the award for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, while Deputy Superintendent Steve Lorenzetti accepted the award for National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Since 2002, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and the Denver Service Center have partnered on the planning, design and/or construction of over 15 projects with an aggregate value of more than $50 million. These projects include the rehabilitation of two significant historic aqueducts: The Monocacy Aqueduct restoration, completed in 2005, and the Catoctin Aqueduct restoration, completed in 2011. In 1998, the National Trust for Historic Preservation identified the Monocacy Aqueduct as one of the eleven most endangered historic places in the United States. Due to the collaborative effort, these two aqueducts are jewels of the 182 mile C&O Canal system and have received much public acclaim.
In addition, C&O Canal and Denver Service Center staff recently completed two construction projects that repaired the two remaining breaks in the 180-mile long C&O Canal towpath. The Big Slackwater restoration was a major effort that resulted in the restoration of 1.5 miles of the towpath along the Potomac River, including eight separate elevated concrete bridge spans and over 12,000 square feet of dry laid stone wall. The “Angler’s Breach” project repaired a major break in the towpath in Potomac, Maryland. Once completed, bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to traverse the full length of the towpath from Washington, DC to Cumberland, Maryland with no detours.
There are several other projects either underway or completed which will result in improved visitor experience, visitor safety, and historic preservation. These include environmental assessments for future projects, rehabilitation and stabilization of historic features, and land surveys of park areas. All of these projects involve cooperation of many communities and non-profit organizations with a love and appreciation for the C&O Canal from Washington, D.C. and across the state of Maryland.
The second award was presented to staff at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Over the last decade the National Mall and the Denver Service Center have partnered on the design and construction of more than 20 projects with an aggregate value over $200 million. These projects include some of our nation’s most significant icons. Recently completed projects and those under construction include the vehicular security projects at the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, reconstruction of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting pool, reconstruction of the Mall turf, preservation of the Lincoln, Jefferson, and District of Columbia War Memorials, restoration of the historic Ford’s Theatre, reconstruction of the Jefferson Memorial seawall, and the National Mall Plan.
Staff at the National Mall and the Denver Service Center continue to partner on various planning and design efforts. The project to repair the earthquake damages to the Washington Monument will soon be under construction, as well as additional phases to reconstruct the Mall turf and the failed slurry wall at the World War II Memorial. Design is underway to develop plans for vehicle security at the Jefferson Memorial, and the new visitor screening facility at the Washington Monument. These projects support fundamental National Park Service goals of providing visitors safe and efficient park operations while protecting natural and cultural resources.
The Denver Service Center established the Glenn O. Hendrix award in 1991 to acknowledge a long-term effort and commitment to the entire process of park development through planning to design and construction. Named for the first director of the Denver Service Center, the Glenn O. Hendrix award recognizes a long-term cooperative effort that achieves the highest standards for planning, design and construction resulting in high quality, multi-faceted park development projects.