The DCR’s Director of Design and Construction Kelly McClary.
Ms. Langelotti in her prepared remarks credited Kelly with overseeing state park construction during one of the largest expansion programs in state park history. She cited the new state park “revenue producing cabins” and “LEED Certified Visitor Centers” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – a program of the U. S. Green Building Council) as examples of engineering and construction excellence.
Kelly shared the spotlight with her staff as she accepted the award. Her acceptance remarks follow:
Our goal has always been to provide quality structures and recreation areas for public use. In the past few years, we have implemented LEED standards into our new visitor centers. Our goal at the time was to achieve the “certified” level of LEED. Together we surpassed that goal with 2 Silver awards, 2 certified awards and 1 Gold award so far. I am really excited to take part in the future design of our state parks and I very thankful to the Richmond Joint Engineers Council for recognizing our efforts with this award.
Celebrating with Kelly at the awards ceremony are DCR Director David Johnson, Deputy Director Jeb Wilkinson and other agency staff and contractors.
A six bedroom cabin at Natural Tunnel opened October 1, 2011 and is representative of the seventeen six bedroom cabins constructed at eight of Virginia’s state parks.
Front and back decks on the six bedroom cabins and L-shaped decks on the two and three bedroom cabins welcome guests to sit and enjoy the view.
Open floor plans make the six bedroom cabins perfect for family gatherings or executive retreats.
New cabins included ADA accessible designs like this one at Natural Tunnel State Park.
Environmentally friendly visitor centers received LEED awards like this one at Westmoreland State Park that received the LEEDGold award.
Visit a Virginia state park soon to see first hand these great facilities. Reservations can be made by calling our Reservation Center at 800-933-7275. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also book on line twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.