Corps of Engineers and garrison reopen housing at TAMC

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

 

Kahu Kordell Kekoa (right) from Kamehameha Schools performs a traditional Hawaiian blessing as (from left) Frank Okimoto, vice president, Nan, Inc.; Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District; Col. James Davidson, commander, Troop Command, Tripler Army Medical Center; and Command Sgt. Maj. Donald George, Troop Command, TAMC, prepare to untie the maile lei to officially open the renovated Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH/Building 104) at TAMC, here, May 30.

Kahu Kordell Kekoa (right) from Kamehameha Schools performs a traditional Hawaiian blessing as (from left) Frank Okimoto, vice president, Nan, Inc.; Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District; Col. James Davidson, commander, Troop Command, Tripler Army Medical Center; and Command Sgt. Maj. Donald George, Troop Command, TAMC, prepare to untie the maile lei to officially open the renovated Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH/Building 104) at TAMC, May 30.

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

 

HONOLULU — Officials reopened renovated Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH) at Bldg. 104 during a maile lei untying and blessing ceremony at Tripler Army Medical Center, Friday.

The upgraded UEPH will house companies A, B and D of the TAMC Troop Command.

The ceremony was conducted by TAMC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and contractor Sumo-Nan, Inc.

Lt. Col. Thomas D. Asbery, commander, USACE-Honolulu District, told guests that renovation of the barracks “continues the Corps’ strong partnership and commitment to building and refurbishing quality facilities for the garrison and Soldiers.”

“This highly energy-efficient and upgraded barracks provides TAMC Troop Command Soldiers with modern, state-of-the-art accommodations, while also helping to reduce the post’s energy consumption and costs,” Asbery added.

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HI (May 30, 2014)  -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Tripler Army Medical Center and contractor Sumo-Nan, Inc. officials opened a renovated Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH/Building 104) May 30 during a blessing and maile lei untying ceremony. The upgraded UEPH will house Companies A, B and D of the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Troop Command. Building 104 was one on the original structures built and completed by the Corps in 1948. It has been renovated on several occasions and today the exterior – including the coral pink color - looks much the same as it did after its original construction. Photo by Dino W. Buchanan

The upgraded UEPH will house Companies A, B and D of the TAMC Troop Command. Building 104 was one on the original structures built and completed by the Corps in 1948. It has been renovated on several occasions and today the exterior – including the coral pink color – looks much the same as it did after its original construction.

The design-build construction contract for the 94-Soldier barracks, located about 100 yards down the makai hillside from the Tripler parking garage on Krukowski Road, was awarded to Sumo-Nan, Inc., on May 25, 2011, for $15,996,619.

The three-story UEPH will feature Soldiers living in the one-plus-one, two-man suites that feature a shared kitchenette with a cooktop range and oven, a 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, a motorcycle shed and a recycling and trash facility.

Supporting facilities for Bldg. 104 include upgraded utilities, a paved parking lot, walks, gutters, a storm drainage system and other site and road improvements.

Sustainability and protecting the environment were key components in the construction of this barracks with 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 lighting, as well as other sustainability components. They all translate into real dollar savings for the garrison, TAMC Troop Command and the Army, well into the future.

The three-story UEPH will have Soldiers living in the one-plus-one, two-man suites that feature a shared kitchenette with a cook-top range & 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, a motorcycle shed, and a recycling and trash facility.

The three-story UEPH will have Soldiers living in the one-plus-one, two-man suites that feature a shared kitchenette with a cook-top range & 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, a motorcycle shed, and a recycling and trash facility.

Sumo-Nan, Inc., officials stated the renovated facility would achieve a “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. 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. Silver is the third highest LEED certification level and is now the standard level of construction excellence for USACE.

Also participating in the traditional maile lei untying and ribbon-cutting ceremony were Sally Ciereszko, deputy director, Directorate of Public Works, USAG-HI, and Col. James Davidson, commander, Troop Command, TAMC. Kahu Kordell Kekoa from Kamehameha Schools led the Hawaiian blessing and maile lei untying ceremony.

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 that stimulate the local economy.

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