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Navy Breaks Ground on New Naval Base Guam BEQ

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Story Number: NNS090929-06
Release Date: 9/29/2009 1:49:00 PM

By Oyaol Ngirairikl, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Construction of a $53.7 million bachelor enlisted quarters facility on Naval Base Guam (NBG) was celebrated with a ground breaking ceremony Sept. 22.

Capt. Scott Galbreaith, NBG commanding officer, said the facility will go a long way to ensure the comfort and safety of Sailors serving on ships, submarines and other commands in Guam.

"One of my duties as the commanding officer of the base is to identify and address the shortcomings and the needs of the war fighters, the families and the fleet out here," said Galbreaith.

Galbreaith emphasized the importance of providing quality berthing to Sailors.

"We've tried through policy, improvisation, through making minor upgrades to existing buildings and through re-awakening dormant buildings up at [Guam] Naval Magazine to address that need," Galbreaith said. "Nothing addresses that need like this project we're celebrating here today."

The new facility will house 280 Sailors and is slated for completion in May 2011. The three-story, 100,000-square-foot facility will be built using designs that are both eco-friendly and energy efficient. When completed, the quarters will include roomy bathrooms with separate lavatory areas, bedrooms with two closets, kitchens with built-in cook tops and range hoods and stacked washers and dryers.

NBG Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Robert Burton was part of the team that designed the facilities that are "more desirable, more livable spaces that improve quality of life for our Sailors."

"I'm proud of the work that went into it, and I think we're going to have some really happy Sailors," Burton said.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas awarded the project to Hensel Phelps Construction Co., of Greeley, Colo., in April 2009.

The facility will incorporate energy efficient design concepts and eco-conscious construction techniques to achieve U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) gold certification.

"Over the last several years, I've become very interested in sustainable design and construction projects that incorporate features that reduce energy use, plumbing fixtures that reduce water requirements and the smart use of natural light to economize on electrical demand," said Capt. Peter Lynch, NAVFAC Marianas commanding officer. "Sustainable design is especially important in Guam with our sensitive environment and where utility costs are particularly high."

To achieve LEED gold certification, the architect and contractor must work to install eco-friendly elements that will minimize adverse impact to the environment.

The building will use solar panels, insulation, energy efficient fixtures and a number of other concepts that will save on energy and other resources.

The contractor is expected to use materials and products with low pollutant emissions, such as adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet systems and furnishings, and implement an acceptable storm water run off plan.

To enhance the indoor environment, the contractor is expected to meet national standards for ventilation by ensuring optimum air quality for Sailors. The design of the facility will take into account control moisture flows and condensation essentially extending the life of the facility. As well, energy-efficient lighting fixtures and household appliances will be incorporated.

Based on a Department of Defense directive, all military construction and renovation projects valued above $750,000 must achieve LEED silver certification.

Brian Fischer, project manager for Hensel Phelps Construction Co., said they're glad for the opportunity to work on such an important project for Naval Base Guam.

"We're really anxious to have some facilities for our dedicated men and women with the Navy," said Fischer. "I look forward to standing here with everybody in 2011 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony."



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