National Park Service

DSC Presents 2013 Glenn O. Hendrix Award

Photo of the Visitor and Research Center Plaza at Mesa Verde National Park.

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Visitor and Research Center Plaza at Mesa Verde National Park.

Photo of the Interagency Visitor Center at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

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Interagency Visitor Center at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

January 2014

The Denver Service Center recently presented the 2013 Glenn O. Hendrix award, an award that recognizes long-term partnerships among park, regional, NPS partners, and DSC staff on planning, design, and construction projects. DSC presented the awards at two regional January worksessions (Intermountain and Pacific West Regions) to recognize the staff at Mesa Verde National Park and Santa Monica National Recreation Area.

For more than 20 years, Mesa Verde National Park, the Intermountain Regional Office and DSC have partnered on two significant park projects, valued at $20 million: the Mesa Verde waterline replacement from Chapin Mesa to North Park Boundary and the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center.

Phase 4 of the waterline replacement project consisted of designing and constructing six miles of waterline between the Chapin Mesa water tanks and the park’s north boundary in Montezuma Valley. The use horizontal directional drilling techniques protected the park’s valuable resources from disturbance during the construction.

The Mesa Verde Visitor and Resource Center is a high-performance sustainable building that serves both visitor serves and curatorial functions for the park. The building earned a LEED™ Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in spring 2013. The project was a success because of the involvement of dedicated partners, including Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde Foundation, Mesa Verde Museum Associations, the NPS Intermountain Region, National Renewable Energy Lab, Federal Highway Administration, Harpers Ferry Center, tribal representatives, and the Denver Service Center.

The other 2014 Glenn O. Hendrix award was presented to staff at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for their partnership on two significant projects, valued at $13.4 million: the replacement of the Student Intern Center, and the Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center at the historic Gillette Ranch property.

The Student Intern Center replaced facilities destroyed by fire in November 2007, including a research and learning center that supported core resource management and educational programs. The center provides housing for up to 16 student interns and researchers to continue these key programs. The 3,500 square-foot replacement facility was relocated and tied into existing utilities at Diamond X Ranch, and was designed to exceed LEED energy-efficiency standards. It is considered a “net-zero” facility, a 35kW photovoltaic system provides all of the energy needs for the facility over the course of the year, and surplus energy to offset most of the electrical needs of an existing NPS building nearby.

The Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center, located at historic Gillette Ranch, rehabilitated an existing 6,900 square-foot facility to serve as the gateway visitor center for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The facility is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), a local division of the State of California, under terms of a Cooperative Management Agreement. The center provides information about local, state, and national parks and their respective resources, public uses, and management issues.

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.

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of this award!