2nd BCT Soldiers get new place to call home

| January 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

 

The New Barracks Complex on Schofield Barracks’ Lyman Road officially opens during a maile lei untying ceremony, recently. Participating in the maile lei untying ceremony, from left to right, are Jae Chu, project engineer, Absher Construction; Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD; Robert Eastwood, director, DPW, USAG-HI; and Greg Helle, president, Absher Construction. (Dino Buchanan | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

The New Barracks Complex on Schofield Barracks’ Lyman Road officially opens during a maile lei untying ceremony, recently. Participating in the maile lei untying ceremony, from left to right, are Jae Chu, project engineer, Absher Construction; Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD; Robert Eastwood, director, DPW, USAG-HI; and Greg Helle, president, Absher Construction. (Dino Buchanan | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — More than 400 Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, will be moving into a new home, here, soon.

The New Barracks Complex on Lyman Road, here, officially opened in late December during a maile lei untying ceremony.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, told guests that the barracks will be a welcome sight for Soldiers returning from deployments.

“This is really all about our Soldiers,” Guttormsen said. “Many of the Soldiers who occupy these barracks will have done multiple combat deployments. We have the opportunity, through these facilities and those like them, to provide these heroes the highest quality of life possible between these deployments.”

The new complex has two, five-story buildings that can accommodate about 200 Soldiers each, in the two-person suites. The rooms come with a kitchenette (above) and a shared bathroom. (Dino Buchanan | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

The new complex has two, five-story buildings that can accommodate about 200 Soldiers each, in the two-person suites. The rooms come with a kitchenette (above) and a shared bathroom. (Dino Buchanan | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

The complex has two, five-story buildings that can accommodate about 200 Soldiers each, while living in two-person suites, which come with a kitchenette and a shared bathroom.

The buildings attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold certification, incorporating high-performance and efficiency features. Other amenities include one central laundry unit per floor; activity rooms and a mail access area; two exterior half-basketball courts; a physical training area; plus covered picnic/barbecue shelters.

Sustainability features include high-efficiency, low-flow lavatory faucets, shower heads and toilets, motion sensor-operated light fixtures and tinted antiterrorism force protection windows that reduce heat transfer into the barracks.

Robert Eastwood, director, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, hailed the new barracks as the best he’s ever seen and very maintenance friendly for his DPW crews.

“Between each of the two-(person) suites is a utility room where all mechanical/electrical maintenance can be performed without entering the Soldiers’ rooms,” Eastwood said. “This saves time for both the Soldiers and my DPW workers.”

“This project … was made possible because of the tight partnership of the garrison, the Honolulu District and Absher (the construction contractor),” Guttormsen said. “We are very proud of our role in this great partnership to complete this building and create a place that Soldiers will be proud to call home.”

 

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