The United States Naval Academy's new Cyber Studies Building—Hopper Hall—and the National Museum of the United States Army have both been selected as winners of Engineering News-Record's MidAtlantic Best Projects awards. The program recognizes projects that have overcome challenges and enhanced the industry and their communities.
Hopper Hall, a design-build collaboration between SOM and Turner Construction Company, is the winner of the Government/Public Building category. The building optimizes the Naval Academy's project-based learning curriculum in cyber security and computer science. The 206,400-square-foot building offers classrooms, seminar spaces, laboratories, and research facilities—including a power studio lab, a green energy lab, an optics lab, and an anechoic chamber
The museum won the Cultural/Worship category. It is designed to serve as the symbolic front door to the oldest branch of the U.S. military. Spanning 84 acres on the Fort Belvoir Military Installation in Virginia, the museum focuses first and foremost on the story of the individual soldier, and draws inspiration from three core ideals: discipline, modesty, and rigor.