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Camp Pendleton Breaks Ground for Tactical Vehicles Complex

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121205-10

By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest and Camp Pendleton hosted a ground breaking ceremony Nov. 20 for the Truck Company Operations Complex at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

"This project will provide quite a few new facilities for an older camp," said Michele Mclain, NAVFAC Southwest construction manager for this project. "33 Area currently has a brand new BEQ and fitness facility. These new buildings will round out a better daily life for the Marines."

NAVFAC Southwest awarded Straub-Driver (joint venture) a $53.8 million contract Sept. 22, 2011 to design and build a complex for 224 new personnel with 200 new tactical vehicles. The military construction project is comprised of a two story company headquarters, warehouse with roll up doors, armory, dispatch center, dining facility, and 250 vehicle parking structure.

Straub-Driver will provide renovations to an existing building vehicle maintenance facility and will add one new maintenance bay. In addition, this project will include the demolition of four buildings at Camp Pendleton.

Site improvements consist of roadways, personally owned vehicle parking, heavy vehicle (tactical military vehicle) parking, ramps, vehicle wash platforms, covered storage areas, fencing, and trash enclosures. Other site features for 33 Area will include pedestrian and bicycle paths, flag poles, basketball courts, volleyball courts, outdoor picnic shelters, benches, and landscaping.

Renewable solar photovoltaic systems will be provided, which work toward sustainable design goals. Overall, each building in the project will be constructed to meet U.S. Green building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification.

Work is expected to be completed by fall 2013.

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