COE, USAG-HI open new barracks on Schofield

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
 Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery (left), commander, USACE-HD, and Robert Eastwood, director, DPW, USAG-HI, cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the opening of the new UEPH facility, Oct. 30.

Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery (left), commander, USACE-HD, and Robert Eastwood, director, DPW, USAG-HI, cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the opening of the new UEPH facility, Oct. 30.

Story and photo by
Dino Buchanan
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 Absher Construction opened a new $35.3 million barracks with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, here, Oct. 30.

The new Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH) on Montague Street, here, will house Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion and 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, 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 ribbon-cutting for this barracks, the Corps of Engineers continues our efforts to build the highest-quality facilities for our Soldiers — on time and under budget,” Asbery said. “Because of our strong commitment to schedule and partnership, the Corps and Absher are providing this facility one month ahead of schedule.”

The six-story facility will be home to Soldiers living in two-man suites that feature a shared kitchenette with a cook-top range and oven, microwave, a refrigerator and dining area, a shared bath, central air conditioning, cable TV and Internet service.

Project amenities also include central laundry facilities on each floor, activity rooms and boot wash stations at each ground-floor entry.

Supporting facilities include utilities, paving, walks, curbs, gutters, parking, fencing, storm drainage system, information systems, and site and road improvements.

Sustainability and protecting the environment were key components in the construction of the new barracks. Energy-saving elements like solar water heating, high-efficiency appliances, plumbing systems that reduce water consumption by 40 percent, and the use of energy-efficient Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) technology were used to construct this barracks, similar to those used in the construction of the New Barracks Complex on Lyman Road.

Other sustainability components — such as adobe building blocks that keep the facility’s interior cool — translate into real-dollar savings for the garrison and the Army well into the future.

“These highly energy-efficient barracks provide Soldiers with modern accommodations, while also helping to reduce the post’s energy consumption and costs,” Asbery said.

The design-build construction contract for the 228-personnel barracks was awarded to Absher Construction Company in June 2011 for $35.275 million to meet Department of the Army Whole Barracks Renewal standards.

This project is the second Absher has completed with the Corps of Engineers in Hawaii; the first was the New Barracks Complex on Lyman Road, here.

Currently, Absher is in the process of trying to attain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for this facility through the U.S. Green Building Council, in lieu of the normal LEED Silver standard.

LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Gold certification is the second highest level.

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