Engineers, Garrison perform site blessing for renovation of ‘Wolfhounds’ barracks
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and contractor NAN performed a site blessing for the renovation of Quad D, here, Sept. 14.
Quad D houses the 25th Infantry Division’s famous 27th Infantry Regiment: the Wolfhounds.
“When this project is complete, our Soldiers are going to have vastly improved quality of life because of the improved facilities they will have,” said Lt. Col. Barrett Bernard, commander, 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regt. “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID.
“D Quad has been the home of the Wolfhounds since the 1920s, and it will be the home of the Wolfhounds forever,” Bernard continued.
“It’s a very proud regiment, and this means a lot. This renovation means so much to our veterans,” Bernard added.
The Quad D renovation continues the Corps’ strong partnership and commitment to creating quality facilities on time and under budget for USAG-HI and for Soldiers returning from deployments, said Maj. Sally Hannan, deputy commander, USACE-HD.
“With this site blessing for Quad D, the Corps of Engineers continues our efforts to build the highest quality facilities for our Soldiers,” Hannan said.
Chaplain (Capt.) John Smith, 1-27th, led the site blessing. He reminded participants of the importance of spiritual values in conducting their work.
Smith also invoked divine providence to protect all the workers and Soldiers as they proceed.
Participating in the site blessing were Hannan; Col. Jay Hammer, executive officer, USAG-HI; Wolfhound Soldiers and leaders; and Wilfredo Carreon, NAN.
The Honolulu District 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.
The design-build construction contract was awarded to NAN in September 2011 for $41.5 million.
The contract was programmed to provide two barracks (buildings 450 and 451) for 290 personnel. Contract completion date is scheduled for July 2014.
NAN has constructed other barracks for USAG-HI, including barracks at Fort Shafter.
Since NAN is incorporating high-performance and -efficiency features throughout the facility, the company is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED Gold certification.
LEED certification represents a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.
D Quad Renovations
After D Quad’s renovation, Soldiers will live in two-man suites, which will come with a kitchenette and shared bath and other amenities:
•About 145 units in a “one-plus-one” configuration, consisting of two bedrooms with walk-in closets, one bath, kitchen and dining area and air conditioning.
•Laundry facilities on each floor and boot wash stations at each ground floor entry.
•A half basketball court.
•Motorcycle and bicycle shelters.