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NAVFAC Southwest Breaks Ground for $49.67 Million Rotary Aircraft Depot

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121220-11

By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest, and Naval Base Coronado community broke ground Dec. 10 for a rotary aircraft depot maintenance facility at Naval Air Station North Island.

NAVFAC Southwest awarded a $49.67 million construction contract to RQ Construction July 3 to build the 115,400 square foot facility. The hangar will house 30 H-60 aircraft inside the building as well as four aircraft outside at semi-covered locations. The building will be comprised of four separate hangar bays to allow full functioning operational maintenance of the H-60 aircraft and facility services for aircraft overhaul and storage. RQ Construction will also construct maintenance shops, administrative offices, restrooms, showers and locker rooms. The facility will include a 12,000 square foot second level administration area, and has a large eating dining area with outside covered seating.

The project will be built to U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification standards. Clerestory lighting throughout the facility will provide natural lighting which will significantly reduce electricity usage. The doors and windows are configured to allow for natural ventilation which reduces the need of heating, cooling, or enhanced ventilation through most of the year. The exterior will utilize metal panels sandwiched between rigid insulation to increase insulation and will maintain interior temperatures.

The majority of the concrete in the demolished areas will be recycled into the new project as base aggregate. Steel from existing demolished buildings will be recycled which will allow fewer truck loads on and off base and reduced materials to be sent to landfills.

'The design team consisted of NAVFAC Southwest In-House Design Team and with members from NAVFAC Southwest Coastal Integrated Products Team (IPT),' said Jack Carter, NAVFAC Southwest architect. 'NAVFAC Southwest Desert IPT also supported the team on this project with structural support and the Core provided landscape design. This was a real team effort by NAVFAC Southwest and an excellent example of how we can all pull together in times of need.'

Work is expected to be completed by spring 2015.

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