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NAVSTA Great Lakes Opens 'Green' Drill Hall on RTC

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Story Number: NNS071210-14
Release Date: 12/10/2007 4:42:00 PM

By Bill Couch, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Midwest Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Leaders from Naval Station Great Lakes, Recruit Training Command (RTC) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Midwest celebrated the official opening of a new, energy-efficient drill hall for recruits here Dec. 6 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

The $13-million, 58,000-square-foot Atlantic Fleet Drill Hall is the last of three new drill halls constructed during the ongoing 12-year, $750-million recapitalization of RTC, the Navy's only boot camp, and is the final addition to RTC's Camp John Paul Jones.

"This multi-function drill hall will provide yet another significant training opportunity, ranging from classroom training and drill assessments to organized sporting events, team building scenarios and physical fitness," said RTC Commanding Officer, Capt. Annie Andrews. "This building adds on to my 'fleet of ships' at the United States Navy's only recruit training command, where hundreds of thousands of Recruits will enter and be transformed into world-class Sailors."

"Today we mark the completion of not only a new facility, but also the entire Camp John Paul Jones complex, dedicated to training the Navy's newest Sailors," said NAVFAC Midwest Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Gibbs.

"I'm very proud of the facilities team that has brought this building to life," added Gibbs. "One of the many good aspects of this project is that it has involved our friends and neighbors in the greater Chicago area as a contract awarded to an 8(a) small business. What a great partnership this has been!"

The drill hall is distinguished by being the first at RTC to earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for efficient construction. LEED is part of the U.S. green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, which encourages adoption of sustainable green building and development practices.

Design aspects that contribute to the building's efficiency include an underground storm water retention system to reduce erosion and runoff, low water use fixtures, a passive low voltage window shade control system, low-maintenance wall tile and flooring, recycled masonry and construction materials from local sources, which reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

"All of that means that this drill hall will help forge new generations of Sailors while at the same time supporting the Navy's commitment to being good stewards of our resources and taxpayer funding," said Gibbs.



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