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NAVFAC Southwest Completes Camp Pendleton Counter Battery Radar Facility

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120828-21
8/28/2012

By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest personnel, members of the Camp Pendleton community, and contractors from RQ Construction celebrated the completion of a counter battery radar facility with a ceremony Aug. 16 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

"The P-1019 counter battery radar facility represents NAVFAC Southwest In-House-Design team's ability to provide buildings that are representative of an equivalent quality of life for our war fighter," said Robert Rogers, NAVFAC Southwest In-House-Design senior architect. "Providing responsible sustainable design and meeting programmatic requirements by the end user while respecting budgetary requirements was a challenge due to the site being on a hillside and being shared with another project."

NAVFAC Southwest awarded RQ Construction a $10.6 million contract Sept. 23, 2010 for the construction of counter battery radar (CBR) facility. The facility consists of a three-story administration building and a one-story tactical vehicle building (TVB). The administration building houses a lecture hall for instruction, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, and office areas. The TVB is environmentally controlled with a dehumidification system to maintain CBR equipment. This structure also includes drive through bays, battery storage, a 30kW photovoltaic system and security fencing with outriggers. The floor area for the two structures total 28,843 square feet. NAVFAC Southwest's In-House-Design team designed this project.

CBR is a radar set designed to track the trajectory of incoming artillery and mortar projectiles, and calculate ground location of firing landing points. The radar sets are sensitive, accurate, mounted on the back of vehicles, and require storage in a humidity controlled facility.

"The end result was reconsideration of the three story building being tucked into the hillside which provided the required parking, and area for the tactical vehicle building," said Rogers. "The project is unique in its color palette and massing and is a representative of the quality design that the In-House team can provide to the mission."

The facility was built to U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards and is anticipating LEED Silver certification. Innovative design elements include 40 percent water use reduction and sustainable education through signage and brochures.

The ribbon cutting ceremony official party included NAVFAC Southwest ROICC Construction Manager Ron Strother, Public Works Project Leader Charles Holt, Lance Cpl. Framke, 43 Area Commander Colonel Frazier, and RQ Construction Representative Don Rogers.



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