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Wounded Warrior Barracks Score High in LEED Ratings

The Wounded Warrior Barracks at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton have been recognized for combining innovative design, construction and operation to provide the highest quality environment for the emotional and physical recovery of wounded warriors.

The recently opened facility, constructed by Barnhart Balfour Beatty, has received the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification for a U.S. Navy and/or U.S. Marine Corps project. The LEED Platinum certification was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute. 

Representatives from the Wounded Warrior Barracks design-build project team presented the commanding officer of Wounded Warrior Battalion West with the LEED Platinum plaque during a ceremony held at the facility on April 21. In recognition of the achievement, Capt. Michael Williamson with Marine Corps Installations West said, “My congratulations to the entire team for being the first LEED Platinum facility for the entire Department of the Navy.”

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LEED is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design and construction of high-performance green buildings.

Nate Kredich, vice president of residential market development for the U.S. Green Building Council, said one of the most remarkable features about this project was the way the LEED rating system was used.

“The project team prioritized the features of greatest importance to the building’s future tenants such as indoor air quality and natural daylighting,” Kredich said. “The end result is a building that is more healthy, comfortable and peaceful — all of which can help these Marines and sailors rehabilitate and heal. The project team put people at the center of its decisions, which is precisely the way LEED was intended to be used.”

The Wounded Warrior Barracks received nearly perfect scores for interiors that used recycled and environmentally safe materials and energy-saving equipment for bedrooms, hallways, showers and recreational areas. The barracks include 100 semiprivate suites for men and women of all ranks and currently has more than 160 residents.

“Delivering this project was so important to us, not only because of our partnership with the Department of the Navy and the Marine Corps, but because of its potential to become a national model for wounded warrior care,” said Barnhart Balfour Beatty President Eric Stenman. “Our team could not be more proud to serve and be a part of giving back to the brave men and women of our armed forces and we sincerely hope this project serves to accelerate the use of sustainable building in military facilities worldwide.”

The project was designed by Cass, Sowatsky, Chapman & Associates and managed under the direction of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest. Wounded Warrior Battalion West provides assistance to wounded, injured and ill Marines and sailors and their family members throughout the phases of their recovery. More information is available at bnwest.woundedwarriorregiment.org.

Rancho Santa Fe Church Honored With Lily Award

The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe, designed by church architecture specialists domusstudio architecture, has been honored with a 2011 Lily Award from the Rancho Santa Fe Association.

Presented May 12 at the association’s annual meeting at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, the Lily Award is intended to highlight work that embodies the high standard of architecture and landscape design envisioned by Rancho Santa Fe’s first architect and building commissioner Lilian Rice.

The awards have been a Rancho Santa Fe tradition since the early 1990s and are selected by committee. This year’s committee consisted of association President Tom Lang, Art Jury President Midgie Vandenberg and association member Paul Slater.

Founded in 1956, the Village Community Presbyterian Church is a longtime pillar in the Rancho Santa Fe area. With more than 1,200 members in its congregation, the church is recognized for its adult and youth ministries and music programs. The church also has a state-licensed preschool program for children ages 2 to 5.

Dedicated in May 2010, after nearly two years of construction and remodeling, the church is distinguished by handmade Spanish tile roofing and a 5-foot, 6-inch cross, which sits atop a 42-foot dome adjacent to a 45-foot tile-roofed tower. When the church held its first service on Easter Sunday 2010, it was the tallest architectural point in Rancho Santa Fe.

A new courtyard setting is at the heart of the church campus, and the new sanctuary offers seating for nearly 600, with improved visibility and audibility from all areas. In addition to its new sanctuary, Village Church construction also included new offices for church staff, new Sunday school classrooms and a new playground for children ages 5 to 12. The project was constructed by Roel Construction Co., and landscape design was provided by Deneen Powell Atelier Inc.

“It was our honor to be a partner with the Village Church and to maintain good neighbor relationships with the Rancho Santa Fe community,” said domusstudio architecture Senior Associate David Keitel. “From an architectural and planning perspective, the Village Church design represents an anchor in the community, positioned as it is at the opposite end of the village from the beloved Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The building’s Lilian Rice design blends nicely with the character of Rancho Santa Fe, and we trust Lilian Rice would be pleased and find joy with our architectural addition.”

Reno Contracting Upgrades To More Efficient Lighting

Reno Contracting recently upgraded its own San Diego corporate office with high-efficiency lighting to reduce energy consumption and operating costs, while improving the quality of lighting. The retrofit covered 15,000 square feet of office space, including 90 light fixtures.

In 2009, the general contractor launched Reno ESP (Efficient Sustainable Practices), a business group focused on helping commercial building owners enhance the energy and environmental efficiencies of new and existing buildings and structures while driving down operating costs.

“Energy efficiency is not only part of Reno’s services to clients, it is ingrained in our standard operations,” said Walt Fegley, president of Reno Contracting. “Our recent upgrade to high-efficiency lighting is the latest example of Reno’s commitment to best practices in the new sustainable economy.”

Last year, Reno’s job-site trailer was the first and only structure of its kind to achieve LEED certification for its use of recycled materials and energy-efficiency systems. In addition, as a matter of practice, the company recycles at least 50 percent, and averages 72 percent, of construction and demolished material from its construction projects.

“Enhancing the performance of buildings not only helps the environment, it also saves costs,” said Eric Scheidlinger, manager of Reno’s Efficient Sustainable Practices division.

Natures Environmental Lights subcontracted on the weeklong lighting retrofit project.

Volunteers Help Local Contractor Repair Schools

More than 200 volunteers recently joined construction firm Barnhart Balfour Beatty in repairing and sprucing up 10 schools in the Torrance and Redondo Beach school districts as part of Los Angeles County’s Eighth Annual Sharefest Workday.

Workers included Barnhart Balfour Beatty employees and their family members, contractors and vendors, students who attend the 10 schools and their family members, and community volunteers who support the Sharefest cleanup efforts throughout Los Angeles. This is the second year the company has supported this community activity.

Tom Schlegel, Barnhart Balfour Beatty’s Sharefest event coordinator, said the company’s participation in Sharefest Workday is a positive experience for the company’s employees and suppliers.

“The Sharefest organization understands the needs of local communities within the Los Angeles region and helped us find and organize projects that improve the physical and learning environments of students,” Schlegel said. “We doubled the number of projects we completed compared to last year and everyone was really enthusiastic about playing a role in an effort that has such an immediate impact on the schools.”

Projects included small construction jobs such as building tables, benches and planter boxes, repairing irrigation systems, painting and cleanup.

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