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Bremerton Dedicates New Bachelor Enlisted Quarters

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100410-05
Release Date: 4/10/2010 12:22:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Gretchen M. Albrecht, Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of the brand new, environmentally conscious Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) April 7.

The more than 190,000 square foot, eight story complex features 150 apartment style units capable of housing 600 junior enlisted Sailors assigned to ships homeported in Bremerton.

Congressman Norm Dix, chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Sub-Committee and Bremerton native, was on hand to applaud the hard work put into completing the BEQ as well as cut the ribbon.

"I am a big supporter of this project. This is a volunteer force so we have to treat our Sailors right," said Dix. "Our Sailors go out to sea to defend our country, and when they come home they should have a nice place to live off of the ship. It is an important quality of life matter, and I think it improves readiness and retention because people feel they are being treated well."

Absher Construction, local contractors out of Puyallup, Wash., broke ground on March 20, 2008, and finished without any mishaps earning them the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest Commanding Officers Safety Award.

"On big projects like this you are always concerned about safety," said Capt. Mark Olson, commanding officer, Naval Base Kitsap. "There were major high-risk evolutions throughout the construction, but this team worked efficiently and safely everyday and has set a really high bar for others to follow."

Each apartment comes fully furnished including dishes for four, pots and pans, a full size washer and dryer, and even an iron and ironing board. There are seven recreational rooms complete with a pool table, foosball table, and an air hockey table for Sailors to enjoy as well as an outdoor basketball court, gazebo, picnic tables and grills.

"Our Sailors having a home they can go to after work and after a deployment allows for more stability in their home life so they can have more productivity at their job," said Olson. "A happy Sailor is a productive Sailor."

Low flow water appliances, day-lighting techniques, and water efficient landscaping with plant materials chosen for their ability to thrive on minimal maintenance are just some of the many ways the builders and the Navy worked to build a more environmentally friendly housing complex.

The BEQ meets the requirements of a Silver level certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED is a U.S. Green Building Council program that nationally recognizes performance-oriented system designs for rating new and existing buildings based on a variety of green building principles.

Since the BEQ's completion, a request has been submitted for an upgrade to a Gold level certification.

Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) will begin moving into the BEQ as early as this week.

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