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New quarters at Big Navy for 420 sailors

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by Joan Aguon Charfauros

Guam - Last week, a new bachelor enlisted quarters was unveiled on Naval Base Guam. The facility is the first LEED Gold building to be erected on the base that meets the U.S. Green Building Council requirements.

Naval Base Guam Commander Captain Richard Wood said, "Inline with the Government of Guam and USDOD policy of sustainable energy conservation, a lot of things have been done including solar panels, geo-thermal cooling systems, and energy efficient windows." According to Jacobs Architect and lead project manager Mike Betz, much had to be taken into consideration when designing the building and a mandate from the Navy-requested LEED Gold.

He explained, "The facility itself is designed because we know about the mold and mildew here on Guam and we have positive air running through the building including closets and the materials we used had no organic matter."

Betz said they looked at as many renewable sources as much as possible. As for the quality of life, the quarters, which can hold up to 420 personnel, has 280 rooms and includes a sand volleyball court, barbeque pavilion, and a bike rack area. it is definitely a sustainable building.

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