NYAMA Presents Passero Associates with 2015 Phil Brito Project of the Year Award

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Passero Associates' Shawn Bray (left), Assemblywoman and NYS Aviation Caucus Co-Chair Donna Lupardo (middle) and NYAMA President Jeremy Martelle (right) at the NYAMA Fall Conference.

ALBANY, NY (10/01/2015)(readMedia)-- The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) is pleased to congratulate Passero Associates and Watertown International Airport (ART) as the recipients of the 2015 Phil Brito Project of the Year Award in the Design/Construction Project category.

Passero's winning design/construction entry redeveloped ART's Airport Business Center. The project included providing a 14,400-square-foot, code-compliant hangar and adjacent finished office/conference space. The new facility included conference space, a pilot lounge, retail counter, lobby and weather briefing areas, kitchenette, flight school space and administrative staff offices.

The judges called the project innovative and creative, citing the use of several components instead of a single improvement, and its balanced approach to increasing airport revenue and stimulation of aviation-related businesses, as well as creating several new jobs. The green aspects of natural and LED lighting, as well as the increased insulation and radiant in-floor heating, were also noted.

"Congratulations to Passero Associates and Project Manager Shawn Bray on this award-winning project at Watertown," NYAMA President Jeremy P. Martelle said. "This outstanding upgrade in design added tremendous value to the airport and exceeded expectations. NYAMA proudly applauds both Passero and the management team at Watertown for the project design and implementation," Martelle said.

The Phil Brito Award was created to recognize engineering and planning consulting firms for outstanding achievement in the execution of an aviation-related planning, design, or design-build project for an airport or airports located within New York state. This award is named after the late, long-time FAA New York Airport District Office Manager, Mr. Phil Brito, whose tireless efforts greatly contributed to the success of aviation in New York state. The award is presented annually at NYAMA's Fall Conference and Exhibit Show, this year held in Rochester, N.Y.

Entry fees collected from the Phil Brito Award are used, in their entirety, to fund student scholarships for annual Fall Conference registration or aviation-related courses of study on behalf of NYAMA.

The New York Aviation Management Association is a nonprofit association of aviation professionals and is the only organization in New York state dedicated solely to the needs of the entire aviation industry.