By Dino W. Buchanan, Honolulu District Public Affairs
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.
During the ceremony Honolulu District Commander Lt. Col. Thomas D. Asbery told nearly 70 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 maintaining the facility’s historical aspects as well as providing enhanced sustainability,” Asbery said.
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 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.
Supporting facilities for Building 104 include upgraded utilities, a paved parking lot, walks, gutters, a storm drainage system and other site and road improvements.
The design-build construction contract for the 94-Soldier barracks, located about 100 yards down the makai hillside from the Tripler parking garage at 77 Krukowski Road, was awarded to Sumo-Nan, Inc. in LLC on May 25, 2011 for $15,996,619.
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% and the use of energy efficient lighting as well as other sustainability components translate into real dollar savings for the Garrison, TAMC Troop Command, and the Army well into the future.
Sumo-Nan, Inc. officials stated the renovated facility will achieve a LEED Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 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 certification is the third highest LEED certification level and is now the standard level of construction excellence for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Participating in the traditional maile lei untying led by Kahu Kordell Kekoa from Kamehameha Schools were Lt. Col. Asbery, Col. James W. Davidson, Commander, Troop Command, TAMC and Command Sgt. Maj. Donald L. George of Troop Command, TAMC, and Frank Okimoto, Vice President, Nan, Inc.
Also attending the ceremony was Tripler Army Medical Center Commanding General Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle and Pacific Regional Medical Command and Tripler AMC Command Sgt. Maj. Robert C. Luciano.
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.