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Second Fort Irwin Project Achieves LEED Gold Certification | by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District
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Second Fort Irwin Project Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Second Fort Irwin Project Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Written by Brooks O. Hubbard IV


FORT IRWIN, Calif. – In May 2011, the National Training Center’s newest constructed facility received the Green Building Certification Institutes Gold stamp of approval. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District held a plaque dedication ceremony for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s new company Operations Facility here Sept. 28.


The COF is the second project to be certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council at Fort Irwin. Last January, the Child Development Center was certified as LEED Gold and was also the first CDC in the U.S. Army to achieve the prestigious rating.

Both projects achieved the certification with innovative construction practices. Interior building lighting, and mechanical equipment are energy efficient. The windows, walls and roof are well insulated to efficiently cool and heat the building with minimal energy consumption.


“This project was initially required to meet the Corps of Engineers’ sustainability in construction standard of LEED Silver certification,” said Maj. Kenneth Shubert, deputy engineer of the Los Angeles District’s Southern California Engineer Resident Office.

“Because of the teamwork with our project contractor, Joint Venture RQ Construction and Richard Brady and Associates, they were able to design the facility to meet the requirements to achieve the LEED Gold certification.”


“This Gold certification is just one example of taking care of our environment,” said George Rogers, CEO and president of RQ Construction. “We’re gonna’ come and go and we need to leave this place a better place, a cleaner place and a sustainable place.”


The $8.3 million, 22,000 square-foot facility broke ground in February 2010 providing needed jobs and an economic boost to the surrounding community. Designed in-house by RQ Construction, the project consists of two separate buildings, each comprised of an administrative module, readiness module(TA-50 storage lockers) and exterior covered hardstand with gated access. Organizational storage and organizational vehicle parking is included as well. It was completed within nine months and below the initial budget.


The project is expected to see more than a 26 percent reduction in energy cost and more than a 49 percent reduction in water use. Additionally, 95 percent of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill. These savings are factored based upon a baseline that the USGBC has recognized or adopted as a standard to measure against. These practices equate to savings to the fort, and ultimately the taxpayer.


The Corps recently completed a renovation of the Garrison Headquarters a project that is LEED Silver. Additionally, the Corps is renovating building 107 converting barracks into the post In/Out processing center. The combined cost for these projects is $9.2 million, which again equals to job growth and stimulation to the local economy.

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Taken on June 9, 2011