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Recovery Act Funds Facilitate Energy Improvements at Barstow Logistics Base

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Story Number: NNS090930-13
Release Date: 9/30/2009 5:41:00 AM

By Mario T. Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded Teza Design of San Diego a $155,548 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contract Sept. 1 for a design study at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow.

"NAVFAC is enthusiastic about supporting the president's initiative to enhance America's energy independence," said Tim McMillin, NAVFAC Southwest project manager for the design study. "This project will put people back to work and jump-start the economy, while reducing electric utility costs through the installation of more energy efficient equipment and systems. This study is an important preliminary step towards producing a quality product to support our Marines, while ensuring that Americans' hard earned tax dollars are spent responsibly."

Teza Design will provide architectural and engineering services to obtain a conceptual study, scope of work for a design-build request for proposal and cost estimate for facility energy improvements at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow.

"It is an honor doing business with the federal government and to be involved in the process of priming the economy's pump," said Simon Girmai from Teza Design. "The ARRA contract, along with other government projects, has provided our company and our partnering companies the opportunity to grow as well as having the trickle-down effect of hiring new employees.

"Our team is presently in a position to accomplish meeting the needs of the various tenants of the facility at Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base while reducing their energy consumption. We have observed several energy conservation opportunities. Some of these are removing the large, inefficient, existing central boiler plant system and replacing it with high efficiency local boilers where they are needed; providing high efficiency local boilers for dip tank areas; removing the high temperature water to steam generator system for the steam rack and replacing it with high efficiency local steam boilers; overhauling the compressed air system, as well as identifying the associated pipe leaks and repairing them; recommending appropriate comfort heating systems for the production areas; exploring innovative ways of utilizing an existing ground loop circulation system to use as a heat sink for cooling and heating systems in the office areas; analyzing the facility lighting system and making the appropriate recommendations for retrofit; and evaluating the cost effectiveness of installing a co-generation plant."

Teza Design's study will be completed by December 2009, and the follow-on construction work will be completed by December 2010.

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