New Schofield UEPH barracks are blessed

| January 6, 2012 | 0 Comments
A traditional maile lei untying and blessing ceremony were held, recently, for the new UEPH building at Schofield Barracks, as shown here. The blessing was presided over by Kahu Laakea Arista. The $29.18 million contract consisted of designing and constructing a six-story barracks to house 192 personnel in a standard one-plus-one configuration. The barracks are designed and constructed to meet current antiterrorism force protection requirements. Amenities on site include laundry facilities on each floor, motorcycle shelters and covered bicycle racks.

A traditional maile lei untying and blessing ceremony were held, recently, for the new UEPH building at Schofield Barracks, as shown here. The blessing was presided over by Kahu Laakea Arista. The $29.18 million contract consisted of designing and constructing a six-story barracks to house 192 personnel in a standard one-plus-one configuration. The barracks are designed and constructed to meet current antiterrorism force protection requirements. Amenities on site include laundry facilities on each floor, motorcycle shelters and covered bicycle racks.

Story and Photo by
Angela E. Kershner
U.S Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A traditional maile lei untying and blessing ceremony was held, recently, for the new Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing, or UEPH, on Porter Loop, here.

The blessing was presided over by Kahu Laakea Arista.

“As a former Army engineer, it is an honor to be asked to bless such an amazing facility,” Arista said, a former captain with the 227th Combat Engineers.

“We appreciate very much the opportunity to do what we have done here,” said Bill Wilson, president, Hawaiian Dredging, the project’s construction contractor.

The $29.18 million project consisted of designing and constructing a six-story barracks to house 192 personnel in a standard one-plus-one configuration. It was completed on time and on budget without a single lost-time accident.

“This is about much more than just the facility,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District. “It is about the Soldiers who will be using this facility. It is about the quality of life we can give these Soldiers between deployments.”

A typical barracks module includes two fully-furnished bedrooms, a full bath and a full kitchen. The barracks are designed and constructed to meet current antiterrorism force protection requirements. Amenities on site include laundry facilities on each floor, motorcycle shelters and covered bicycle racks.

During his remarks, Guttormsen emphasized the importance of teamwork in the construction business and how that teamwork contributes to the overall quality of a project. Those remarks were echoed by Eric Hashizume, vice president, Hawaiian Dredging, and Bob Eastwood, director, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

“It’s always better to have a team atmosphere,” Hashizume said. “It takes a lot of people to put something like this together, and we strived to work as a team to create the best product for the Soldiers.”

“This was a great partnership among all of us,” Eastwood added.

In addition to craftsmanship and quality workmanship, the barracks construction included several significant innovations, green building practices and energy-saving elements.

The building has sufficient points to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Silver certification for the project through the U.S. Green Building Council, and the contractor is pursuing a LEED Gold certification.

An exterior insulation finishing system was used for wall construction to increase durability and sustainability. The special, texturized finish system is resistant to wear, moisture and mold.

The company used a concrete mix design, used recycled concrete for the sub-base and used insulated concrete forms for interior walls.

Occupancy sensors and door/window cutoff switches were installed to automatically regulate air conditioning in the rooms; LED lighting was used in the parking lot; and a chemical-free water treatment system was installed, among many other energy-saving features.

USACE-HD is committed to building and managing the construction of high-quality projects that improve the quality of life for service members and their families and that provide jobs and money, which stimulate the local economy.

 

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