Engineers, Garrison break ground on new barracks

| March 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Soldiers with HHBN, 25th ID, will call a building like the one pictured above, home in 2013. The building will house Soldiers in two-person, energy-efficient suites.

Soldiers with HHBN, 25th ID, will call a building like the one pictured above, home in 2013. The building will house Soldiers in two-person, energy-efficient suites.

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and contractor Absher Construction, broke ground on a new $35.3 million barracks during a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony, here, Feb. 23.

New unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing on Montague Street, here, will eventually house Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD, told guests that construction of the barracks continues the Corps’ strong partnership and commitment to building quality facilities for the garrison and Soldiers returning from deployments.

“Today, with this groundbreaking and site blessing for this barracks, the Corps of Engineers continues our efforts to build the highest-quality facilities for our Soldiers — on time and under budget,” Guttormsen said. “Soldiers returning from deployment can look forward to living in a high-quality, energy-efficient home.”

“These barracks are sorely needed for our Soldiers,” said Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, USAG-HI. “Many of our current barracks are older and less energy efficient. These highly energy-efficient barracks provide Soldiers with modern accommodations, while also helping to reduce the post’s energy consumption and costs. I also can proudly tell taxpayers outside the gate that we are reducing costs and protecting the aina, or land.”

The design-build construction contract for the 228 personnel barracks was awarded to Absher Construction Company in June 2011 for $35.3 million.

Tetra Tech is executing the design, with a contract completion date scheduled for August 2013.

This project is Absher’s second with USACE-HD; the company recently completed the new barracks complex on Lyman Road, here.

The five-story building will house Soldiers living in two-man suites that will come with a kitchenette and shared bath.

Incorporating high performance and efficiency features throughout the facility, Absher is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. The LEED certification represents a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

Project amenities include laundry facilities on each floor, boot wash stations at each ground floor entry, an exterior basketball court and a picnic/barbecue area.

Participating in the traditional maile lei untying ceremony were Mulbury; Guttormsen; and Greg Helle, president, Absher Construction.

The Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson of the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center led the Hawaiian blessing and maile lei untying and groundbreaking ceremonies.

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