Not long back, we reported that the Marines were embracing solar power for military operations in Afghanistan. Now, in another instance of a green-leaning Marine Corps, the Engineering Product Support Facility (EPSF) of the Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, has received LEED Gold certification.
According to Haskell, the project’s designer-builder, the 35,736-square-foot EPSF facility houses about 200 engineers, logisticians and program teams, whose workplaces were recently consolidated into this single location, which is expected to increase institutional efficiency. A signficant feature of the building is a 5,000-square-foot high bay dedicated to full scale aircraft engineering investigations — no small feat for its designers, we imagine, in terms of energy efficient climate control.
Green features of the facility include light shelves that overhang EPSF office windows, reflecting light around the building — cutting down on electricity use — and solar panels that sit atop an outside walkway, which deliver around 20 percent of the facility’s power.
The new EPSF facility was constructed in order to “aid in delivering readiness to the country’s war fighters.”