The U.S. military has an acronym for everything, and one of them that’s been popping up for new military buildings is LEED. The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) of the Southwest region reports that it recently celebrated the completion of a new green bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, built with LEED Gold in mind.
These aren’t your grandfather’s military barracks. The 483,573 square-foot quarters will accommodate 1,588 enlisted personnel and includes eight American Disabilities Act-compliant rooms. This complex features theaters, training lounges, multipurpose rooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, cafes, wireless setups for video conferencing and various other amenities — including 60-inch plasma high definition televisions, basketball courts, volleyball courts, a tennis court, shade pavilions, horseshoe pits, a central amphitheater and outdoor covered areas with built-in barbecues.
Nearly one mile of reclaimed water main was installed to collect water from the landscape surrounding the Camp Pendleton for reuse in nonpotable applications. Photovoltaic systems at each BEQ barracks supply215 kilowatts of power to the operation, cutting the complex’s demand for grid-tied power by 6.5 percent, and day lighting delivered via clerestory windows coupled with energy efficient lighting within the facility helps to curb that demand through conservation.
NAVFAC Southwest awarded a $116.9 million contract to Hensel Phelps Soltek, a joint venture of Hensel Phelps Construction, Soltek Pacific Construction and Joseph Wong Design Associates, in 2009; the facility opened on September 12 this year.