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Looking Back on a Year of Successful Projects Amid Complex Challenges

By Rebecca Colone

December 30, 2020

Downtown view of Jacksonville, Florida with fireworks and the Acosta bridge with stunning LEDs lighting that was designed by RS&H.

Navigating this year’s challenges hasn’t always been easy. But that didn’t stop RS&H from delivering results that exceeded our clients’ expectations.


RS&H-Designed Brown & Brown Insurance Headquarters: A New Daytona Beach Landmark Rises

The RS&H team designed the 11-story Brown & Brown headquarters in Downtown Daytona Beach – positioned to provide sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. The office stands over the Daytona Beach skyline as the home base for the company, with 10,000 teammates located throughout the U.S. and offices in London, Canada and Bermuda.

Between the floor-to-ceiling windows, open workspaces, collaboration zones and a rooftop bar, the space marks the beginning of the next steps for the leading insurance brokerage firm.

Read more about the transformed building >


Langley F-22 Facilities Charrette Exemplifies the Highest Standards in Virtual Best Practices

When COVID-19 struck, our Defense team needed to find a virtual alternative to the typically grueling design charrettes held for military clients. Under normal circumstances, the team would spend five full days locked in a room, with designers working on concept designs for the proposed project well into the night.

But the team discovered that the lack of physical presence wouldn’t hold the teams back from moving big projects forward in a virtual design charrette for three new facilities for F-22 aircraft at Virginia’s Langley Air Force Base.

Read more about the takeaways and lessons learned from the two-week session >


RS&H and SLC Move Airport Master Plan Forward with Virtual Tools

RS&H has directed the preparation of a comprehensive airport master plan and updates to the strategic relationships and roles of the three airports owned and operated by the Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA). For over two years, the team has worked to determine the future path of facility development.

This year, the master planning process was just entering another public engagement phase when the pandemic began disrupting the aviation industry.

But with the help of virtual tools and new technologies, master plan efforts and stakeholder engagement continued without missing a beat.

Read more about the in-depth virtual public engagement strategies >


Bridge LED Lighting Design Reduces Maintenance and Delights the Community

A focal point on July 4, the Acosta Bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, has been the longtime site of fireworks that light up the sky.

This year, the RS&H team assisted in leaving a light show that remains long after the fireworks have gone. The Acosta Bridge now holds over 4,000 linear feet of color-changing, RGB, LED fixtures. Programmable by remote, the new lights can chase, flash, marquee, dim and twinkle in color schemes as diverse as a rainbow.

Read about the spectacular design-build project >


RS&H Plans, Designs New NASA Labs for New Missions

Currently, NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is orbiting a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu – a mission that will offer insights into how planets formed, how life began and more.

To support this ambitious operation, RS&H designed a new Asteroid Sample Curation cleanroom suite within Johnson Space Center in Houston. The approximately 10,600 square foot space will house samples returning to earth from several key missions.

Upon the spacecraft’s return in 2023, scientists will begin their breakthrough work in the laboratory facility – uniquely designed to be a one-stop-shop for astromaterial analysis and research.

Read more about the innovative design features supporting new missions >


RS&H’s 90-Bridge Rehab in North Carolina Reveals Best Practices for DOTs

When the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) was faced with a mammoth undertaking to rehabilitate and/or replace more than 90 bridges across the division, they turned to RS&H to manage the contracts for each bridge project.

In the end, the successful project brought about major takeaways for bridge rehabilitation projects and successfully minimizing impact on the public.

Read more about the three-year rehabilitation and preservation project >


High-Water Detection (HALT) Keeps Motorists Safe in Flash Flood Alley

RS&H is assisting with the Phase IV expansion of the High-Water Alert Lifesaving Technology (HALT) system in Bexar County, Texas – providing drivers with advance warning of impending floods and flooding events.

The risk for motorists in these conditions is real. Over the last five years, an average of 118 people have died in flash floods annually. According to FEMA, nearly half of those fatalities occur in vehicles.

In Bexar County, the home to San Antonio, Texas and several low-lying areas susceptible to flash floods, officials are working with RS&H to curtail those numbers and the risks for drivers.

Read about RS&H’s assistance in expanding HALT protection and efforts to keep drivers safe >


RS&H Designs ‘Industry-Leading’ VyStar HQ

VyStar, the largest credit union headquartered in Northeast Florida, set out two years ago with RS&H to design not only the best office environment in Jacksonville, Florida, but the best office in the banking industry.

The result was a fresh, modern space that allows employees opportunities to interact frequently, drive collaboration and creativity and fully enjoy their jobs while working on projects.

The $59 million, 23-story, 369,000 useable-square-foot tower now serves as a bright space filled with character.

Read about the elevated office building – designed with employees at the heart >


RS&H Creates Inclusive Design for Historic Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) will hold a 100th-anniversary ceremony for one of their most iconic memorials – the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – in 2021.

In preparation for the ceremony, the RS&H team provided field investigations and multi-discipline design services for areas throughout the Memorial Amphitheater on the site, reception hall and the plaza that surrounds the memorial.

To ensure that the ceremony within the amphitheater could be accessed by all, the team also incorporated accessibility improvements and accommodations that fit with the amphitheater’s design.

Read more about the once-in-a-lifetime project >


Learn more about how RS&H can help you achieve success in all of your projects.


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Rebecca is a corporate communications specialist with a love for good stories – and RS&H is full of them.

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