Army holds blessing ceremony for South Range training campus

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
Kahu Aaron Mahi (left) provides a traditional Hawaiian blessing at the Unit Operations Facilities campus at South Range, Schofield Barracks, Nov. 18. Listening from left to right are John Fern, program manager, Joint Venture dck-ECC Pacific; Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD; Gerry Majkut, chairman, Management Board, Joint Venture dck-ECC Pacific; and Elton Au, senior project manager, Joint Venture dck-ECC Pacific.

Kahu Aaron Mahi (left) provides a traditional Hawaiian blessing at the Unit Operations Facilities campus at South Range, Schofield Barracks, Nov. 18. Listening from left to right are John Fern, program manager, Joint Venture dck-ECC Pacific; Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD; Gerry Majkut, chairman, Management Board, Joint Venture dck-ECC Pacific; and Elton Au, senior project manager, Joint Venture dck-ECC Pacific.

Story and Photo by
Dino W. Buchanan
U.S Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — A ground blessing ceremony was held for the new Unit Operations Facilities campus at South Range, Schofield Barracks, Nov. 18.

The campus is part of a $279 million program at Schofield and was authorized in the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction Army Program.

The $127,965,000 contract was awarded to Joint Venture dck-ECC Pacific, March 2011, for the South Range campus, the largest single construction contract in U.S Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District’s recent history.

“We’re building this campus to put world-class facilities on the ground for world-class Soldiers, so they can fulfill their mission in Hawaii and around the world,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD, to more than 70 guests in attendance.

The planned South Range Complex projects are important to the Schofield military community, as many units are presently scattered in overcrowded, inadequate and aging facilities throughout the post.

With completion of the South Range facilities, the Army will have more ease in training and maintaining unit readiness, which equates to more productivity and higher morale.

The infrastructure project establishes a utilities backbone structure for various vertical buildings, a training support center and many future military construction building projects for the next 20-30 years.

The contract includes one engineer unit operations facility for $26.7 million, one unit military police operations facility for $31.1 million, an explosive ordnance disposal complex for $9.8 million and infrastructure for $60.4 million.

The South Range location is ideal as there is no need for demolition work of any buildings prior to construction because the property was previously used for farming pineapple and has no utilities or infrastructure. As with all projects within Hawaii, protecting the aina, or land, will be a priority.

Completion for the campus is scheduled for March 2014.

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