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NAVFAC Builds First LEED Gold Facility in Guam

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110525-02

By Catherine Cruz Norton, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- The Navy's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) on Naval Base Guam (NBG) officially opened for business May 20.

A ribbon cutting ceremony signified its completion approximately two years after Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas awarded a $53.7 million contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for the design and construction of the multi-story housing facility that will comfortably accommodate 420 single Sailors.

"Today we see the culmination of collaboration, planning and execution," said NAVFAC Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Peter Lynch. "A remarkable facility stands before us today. It is the first building in the Marianas that the Navy can proudly herald as LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council," he said.

Lynch explained objectives to "green" the Navy by bolstering sustainable technology and maximizing the use of renewable energy, while enhancing the Department of Defense's (DoD) initiatives to lessen dependency on fossil fuels. The DoD's goals include aggressive energy efficiency targets, such as procurement of 7.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy and 25 percent by 2025.

"Throughout the construction and design process, we partnered with the contractor and made every effort to decrease our environmental footprint and to ensure that once the living quarters were in use, that our carbon footprint would be minimized," Lynch said.

LEED Gold features for the new BEQ include location of windows designed to maximize the amount of sunlight while minimizing unwanted heat, which reduces energy demands for lighting and cooling. In addition, the facility will make use of solar water heating equipment as well as photovoltaic arrays for lighting needs in the parking lot.

The landscaping, which features both native and drought-resistant plant species, reduces the need for irrigation, and that reduces the water that is withdrawn from the Navy's manmade reservoir while simultaneously eliminating the risk of introducing invasive species.

NBG Commanding Officer Capt. Richard Wood remarked that the facility will greatly improve quality of life for Sailors stationed on Guam, resulting in a direct positive impact to mission readiness.

"We don't just support the fleet at NBG, we support the warfighters themselves," Wood said. "Providing them with a good quality of life is one of my key tasks. This BEQ is going to be a huge contributor to that."

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