June 22, 2012

Seal Beach opens new energy efficient training building

By PO1 Eli Medellin
Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif.

Base and Marine Corps staff celebrated the grand opening of a new energy efficient office and training building aboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., June 14.

The new building is designed to be certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards through the use of sustainable materials, incorporating energy and water efficiency, on-site renewable energy, and providing indoor environmental quality.

“The energy demand is minimized through the use of high efficiency cooling equipment, high efficiency lighting, advanced controls, and high quality insulation,” said Lt. John Kimmel, base Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division director. “It also utilizes a rooftop solar photovoltaic system, which allows the building to produce as much electricity as it consumes. The landscaping has a low water demand, and the parking lot uses solar-powered lighting.”

“This facility gives us the opportunity to co-locate two firing battalions and a headquarters battery to train command and control and improve combat readiness with state of the art technology,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Morgan, 5/14 inspector instructor. “It allows us to train with an efficiency we didn’t have before.”

At a cost of just above $11 million, construction began in May 2011 and was completed May 22 2012. The Marines started moving in the next day.

The near 27,000 square foot facility consists of a new gun shed, martial arts pit with pull-up bars, 16 offices, three training classrooms, two supply warehouses, a drill hall and 500 gear lockers.

There is also a tactical vehicle lot expansion and a 115-vehicle parking lot.

“Everyone wanted to make sure that we forged into the future on this project,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chad Lorenzana, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach public works officer. “It looks great, everyone is pleased. The Navy/Marine Corps design team did a great job designing it.”

Energy efficiency and alternative power sources are being promoted throughout Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, said Lorenzana. “We also have Photovoltaic arrays supplying energy to other buildings on base, and we look to having future solar projects as well.”

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals in October 2009 to improve energy security and efficiency, increase energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy. This initiative assists in achieving the energy goal of increasing alternative energy afloat and ashore where by 2020, the Department of the Navy will produce at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources and 50 percent of DON installations will be net-zero.

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