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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Beginning of New Barracks in Bremerton

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Story Number: NNS080321-14
Release Date: 3/21/2008 1:37:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Maebel Tinoko, Fleet Public Affairs Det. Northwest

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- More than 35 service members, contractors and guests attended a groundbreaking ceremony held at Naval Base (NB) Kitsap Bremerton, March 20.

The P-305 building site will be transformed into an innovative designed Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) with a parking garage attached.

"We are all looking forward to another great building here," said Rear Adm. James A. Symonds, commander, Navy Region Northwest. "This shows continuation of the commanding officer's commitment to bring Sailors ashore. The new housing will boast the quality of life for service members and make this duty station a more desirable place to live in."

The $71 million project was designed by the WJA Design Collaborative Company and will be constructed by contractor, Absher Construction Company.

"We are excited to get this project going," said Capt. Robert Schlesinger, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command. "This is for our Sailors and we are breaking the ground today. We've been planning and developing this project for many years and are happy to see it begin."

The future BEQ will have 600 units with extended living spaces. Each unit will be constructed similar to a two-bedroom apartment with dual master suites, a living room, kitchen, and private bathrooms.

"This is a great project and it will boast the morale for many junior Sailors," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Darren Kruse, NB Kitsap Bremerton Bachelor Housing leading petty officer. "This will give more Sailors an opportunity to live off the ship and live in a comfortable environment that's quieter than shipboard life."

Other amenities include a recreational basketball court, barbeque areas for picnics and a ten story parking garage. The garage will provide 900 parking spaces for service members living at the barracks.

"I think the additional 900 parking spaces is great for Sailors because [their cars] will be parked in a safe environment and be sheltered," said Chief Storekeeper (SW/AW) Nelson Magatoto, leading chief petty officer of Bachelor Housing. "Service members will enjoy the new amenities and have a nice place to call home which is important for them."

Building construction is expected to be finished by winter 2009.

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