Shafter gets cutting-edge complex

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Joseph Bonfiglio
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Officials from the U.S. Army-Pacific, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, the Corps of Engineers, and Nan Inc., gathered for a maile lei untying ceremony to open the newest Soldiers’ barracks, here, April 22.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver-certifiable barracks sits on the site formerly known as Favreau Field. The six-story facility will house 156 Soldiers and, as an environmentally friendly structure, is expected to consume 30-percent less energy than older barracks currently in use.

Leaders cut the maile lei that officially opens a new six-story barracks at Fort Shafter. Pictured are (from left to right) Lt. Col Jon Chytka, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District; Jim Duttweiler, deputy commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii; Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific; and Fooney Freestone, president, Nan, Inc.“This project has been an achievement in teamwork from initial planning to construction, and now to maile lei untying — and it was all possible because of the flexible and determined folks of the Garrison, the end-user commands, the Honolulu District, and the design-build team of Nan Inc.,” said Lt. Col. Jon Chytka, commander, Honolulu District.

“Our Fort Shafter Barracks project team has delivered on their promise to strive for excellence. Together, we’ve partnered 

to create this $27 million state-of-the-art, six-story barracks complex,” he continued. 

“Our task was to design and construct a barracks; a lighted, paved parking lot; concrete walks; covered bike racks; and motorcycle shed smack-dab in the center of most of the senior Army Commands in Hawaii,” Chytka added. “As a team, we focused on communications, quality, sustainability and safety with great success … and we finished the work two-and-a-half months early.”

In the meantime, Nan Inc. may pursue LEED Gold certification for the new complex, Chytka noted.

“Currently, they have sufficient points to have the new facility certifiable for LEED Silver, as required by contract,” he said. “But we highly encourage them to go for the Gold and make this outstanding project the LEED flagship for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, which emphasizes all of our desires to be good stewards of tax dollars and the environment.”

The barracks will house single Soldiers in 78 room units. 

Two Soldiers will occupy each unit with two separate bedrooms, a shared bath and kitchen. 

The barracks will have central air conditioning with individual controls in each room. The complex also has a special, Duroplex wall paint interior finish that is more resilient to wear-and-tear, and is moisture resistant and mold proof. 

Additional improvements include solid interior doors, 9-foot ceilings, solid surface kitchen countertops and 30-inch range ovens. 

Army senior leaders noted the importance of the barracks, particularly to those who are returning from downrange.

“We have had on average anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines. What better way to take care of our Soldiers than to have great living facilities when they return back to their home station,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin  Mixon, commander, USARPAC. “This is a home to our Soldiers when they’re not deployed. This is a shining example of how important our Soldiers are to each and every one of us and to the nation.”

“Our Soldiers are worth it,” Mixon added. “They certainly deserve a great place to live, and I thank all of you that were involved — from the planning, to the building, to now the housing and the furnishing and the opening of this great facility.”

“The significance of these kinds of projects is that they are keeping the Army’s commitment and the Army’s promise to Soldiers to improve their living conditions and provide them a quality of life that is commensurate with the service and sacrifices that they make for our country,” said Jim Duttweiler, deputy commander, USAG-HI.

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