SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District broke ground for an operational readiness training complex Oct. 7 at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County.
The $61 million complex will consist of three barracks to accommodate over 800 soldiers, a battalion headquarters building, a company headquarters building, dining facility and vehicle maintenance facility. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2016.
The entire complex will be LEED-Silver certifiable when completed. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system classifies a building’s balance of economy, quality, energy and water efficiency, occupant health and waste generation characteristics. Buildings can be rated as LEED-Certified Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Some of the complex’s environmental features include generation of hot water from solar panels, energy efficient lighting, high-performance glazing on windows to maintain the interior temperature, and a roof designed for future construction of additional solar arrays.
“This project shows that the Corps not only builds projects to sustain the readiness mission at Fort Hunter Liggett, but we also build to sustain the environment as well,” said Jon Revolinsky, Sacramento District resident engineer for Fort Hunter Liggett. “Fort Hunter Liggett is a leader in the Army to become one of the first Army net-zero bases.”
This project is in tune with other environmentally-friendly projects currently ongoing at Fort Hunter Liggett. The Army selected the installation as one of several to achieve net-zero waste and net-zero energy consumption as a pilot program by 2020. By then, Fort Hunter Liggett will create as much energy as it uses, and reuse and recover all of its waste products. The Sacramento District is helping Fort Hunter Liggett by building several environmentally sustainable projects under the Army’s Energy Conservation Incentive Program.
The contract for the complex was awarded and managed by the Corps’ Louisville District under the U.S. Army Reserve military construction program. The Sacramento District will provide construction oversight from groundbreaking through completion of the project.