Engineers, garrison breaks ground on new complex

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
Col. Jay Hammer (third from right), executive officer, USAG-HI, leads the turning of the soil ground breaking for the $59.05 million Warriors in Transition Barracks and complex at Schofield Barracks, April 2. Also participating are (left to right) Lloyd Arakaki, Architects Hawaii; Dickson Ma, Schofield Barracks area engineer, USACE-HD; Maj. Stephanie Garvin, deputy commander, Warrior Transition Battalion, Schofield Barracks; Glen Kaneshige, president, Nordic PCL; Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD; and Owen Ogata, construction project engineer, USACE-HD.

Col. Jay Hammer (third from right), executive officer, USAG-HI, leads the turning of the soil ground breaking for the $59.05 million Warriors in Transition Barracks and complex at Schofield Barracks, April 2. Also participating are (left to right) Lloyd Arakaki, Architects Hawaii; Dickson Ma, Schofield Barracks area engineer, USACE-HD; Maj. Stephanie Garvin, deputy commander, Warrior Transition Battalion, Schofield Barracks; Glen Kaneshige, president, Nordic PCL; Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-HD; and Owen Ogata, construction project engineer, USACE-HD.

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — With the turning of soil by seven Hawaiian “O’o” sticks, here, April 9, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and Nordic PCL Construction broke ground on a new, $59.085 million Warriors in Transition Barracks and complex during a traditional Hawaiian site blessing ceremony.

The new 120 personnel Soldier barracks and the complex, which includes a Soldier Family Assistance Center, or SFAC, will be built on the existing parking area adjacent to the post health clinic.

“This is an enormously important project for us and our Soldiers,” said Col. Jay Hammer, executive officer, USAG-HI. “It’s important for those Soldiers that have gone into combat and returned hurt with sustained, lifelong injuries.”

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, USACE-Honolulu District, told guests construction of this project showcases the Corps’ commitment to building quality facilities for the garrison and for wounded warriors returning from deployments.

“Half of this new barracks will be the same as those recently built here at Schofield, but the other half will be different — being uniquely designed with the wounded warrior in mind,” Guttormsen said.

“These new facilities are being constructed in order to support the wounded warriors’ needs and for Soldiers currently occupying the Warrior Transition Battalion trailers and Building 692.”

Stephanie Garvin, deputy commander, Warrior Transition Battalion, told guests the battalion is eagerly looking forward to consolidating its operations into one location.

“Currently, our battalion is spread out in numerous locations around the post, and these new facilities will allow us to work from one location and provide the best services possible,” Garvin said. “It will make it easier not only for the wounded Soldiers, but their families, as well.”

The design-build construction contract for the barracks and SFAC complex was awarded to Nordic PCL Construction, March 2011. Completion is scheduled for October 2013.

This design-build construction contract is for building two structures: the five-story, 120-person barracks and a four-story building combining the SFAC, two company operations facilities, one battalion headquarters, a central plant, parking and other supporting facilities.

The project is being done in two phases, as existing parking is first being removed and additional parking is being created along McCornack Road, across from the Dental Clinic.

Once the parking area phase is complete, then construction of the two structures will commence. There will be a net gain of 170 parking stalls, with 255 total spaces after completion.

The barracks will be constructed in a unique design to accommodate wounded warriors and will have American with Disabilities Act-compliant features.

Sustainability and protecting the environment are also key components in the construction of this barracks, as several significant innovations and energy-saving elements will be included in the barracks, such as solar water heating and high-efficiency appliances and plumbing systems.

The building is also being made photovoltaic ready. Nordic will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver, or LEED, certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

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