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Bethesda Closes in on Another Project

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110525-05
5/25/2011

By Ensign Kat Smith, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs

BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) Bethesda, reached another milestone in the construction of the multi-use parking structure (MUPS) May 18th when the last piece of precast was set.

The erection of the multi-use parking structure is part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda to aid with the influx of people the base will receive when employees and patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) move to NNMC.

Precast, cement molded at the manufacturer and set in place at the site, makes up the exterior of the parking garage. Contractors worked on the precast for almost 4 months and set the 856th and last piece, May 18th.

"If you divide the project into three different disciplines; mechanical, electrical and structural; the structural aspect makes up 65 percent of the project," said Darioush Danaei, MUPS project manager, OICC Bethesda. "It feels great. It feels like the project is done. We are ready to move on to the MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing). After that it is the finishes."

The design had the structure built in five different phases, said Danaei. An approximately 140ft crane, one of the largest cranes on base, did the heavy lifting for the precast, but had to be moved for each phase causing South Palmer Road to close while the structure was erected.

Now that crane is coming down, carefully. Unfortunately, this will make for another road closure during the weekend.

"This will give us a lot more room to work around the exterior of the structure," said Danaei. "We feel safer without this crane. This is a huge crane and every time we had hurricane watch we had to make sure the first section of the crane would lie down so it didn't cause any personal injury, or property damage to the structure or the Fisher Houses."

The new parking facility will add 1200 new spaces to NSA Bethesda for families, patients and staff. It is located near the Fisher Houses, bowling alley and hospital. The garage is scheduled to open August 31st; however, a proposal is in place to have it finished in time to open August 1st.



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