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ARRA Dormitory Project Open on Shaw Air Force Base

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS111006-16

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

SUMTER, S.C. (NNS) -- Shaw Air Force Base held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 26 to mark the official turnover of the new 144-person dormitory that will serve airman and soldiers on Shaw AFB to include the 20th Fighter Wing, 9th Air Force, and 3rd Army in Sumter, S.C.

"The completion of this dormitory is the second of its kind on Shaw Air Force Base," said Resident Officer in Charge of Construction Lt. Christopher Almond. "The first one was completed in spring of 2009."

Col. Charlie Moore, commander, 20th Fighter Wing thanked all of the various agencies who worked to complete the project.

Following the ceremony, Moore along with Lt. Col. Matthew Benivegna, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron Commander; Deron McCormick, Sumter County Chamber of Commerce city manager; Chief Master Sgt. Jerald Brooks, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron superintendent; and Chief Master Sgt. Lefford Fate, 20th Fighter Wing Command Chief cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility.

Tours were given of a furnished unit to those in attendance. The dormitory is designed with a "Dorms-4-Airmen" concept; each unit is a four bedroom apartment giving Airmen a private room and bath, and a shared kitchen, common area and washer/dryer.

The dormitory was a design-bid-build project intended to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification criteria. A significant portion of the points to become Silver certified will be obtained from the 192 geothermal wells installed for the heating and cooling of the facility.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast awarded this $11.5 million ARRA project to Choate Construction Company, out of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Sept. 22, 2009. This project was broken into three phases. Completion of the dormitory signifies completion of the second phase. The third phase of the project includes parking lot and old dorm demolition which is still in progress. Estimated completion is winter 2012.

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