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New Combat Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Facility Taking Shape

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070828-05
Release Date: 8/28/2007 10:59:00 AM

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

ALBANY, Ga. (NNS) -- The Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB), Albany is constructing a new Combat Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Facility for the Fleet Support Division, MCLB Albany.

The official groundbreaking was in July, but now Marines, their families and visitors can actually see progress as the steel frame is underway which will form the skeleton of the new facility.

“This is the first military construction (MILCON) project to begin since 2002 when the Medical/Dental Clinic started,” said Lt. Alfred Nuzzolo, resident officer in charge of construction. “This should be the first in a line of several MILCON’s that will take place in Albany over the next few years.”

The new facility will maximize efficiency.

“This building is going to increase our [maintenance] capability. Right now we are spread out in eight work areas over five million square feet of storage areas,” said Michael Layfield, branch head, M2 section, Fleet Support Division, Marine Corps Logistics Command. “By putting this shop in the shipping and receiving area, it will streamline our processes.”

This 19,500 square foot building is a pre-engineered metal building with brick veneer and standing seam metal room with concrete masonry unit interior walls on an eight inch minimum concrete slab. It will have four work bays, a tool and parts storage area, and separate hazardous material and battery storage along with an administrative area.

The new facility will provide the Fleet Support Division the opportunity to consolidate maintenance and preservation operations, support personnel, and administrative functions in to one single location.

There are many Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design /Green Building attributes incorporated into this facility. A Direct Digital Control (DDC) system for the HVAC equipment will tie into the base DDC system. “This allows monitoring and control from a central location as well as night setback of the HVAC equipment,” said David Ringholz, resident engineer in charge of construction. “The four bay areas will have radiant tube heaters - both of them will result in a cost and energy savings over the life of the facility.”

The $3.1 million Design-Build MILCON contract was awarded to LRA Constructors, Inc. of Albany, on Dec. 5, 2006 and is expected to be completed by April 2008.

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