By Jessica Fiur, News Editor
San Diego—There are bachelor pads, and then there are bachelor pads. The American Public Works Association (APWA), San Diego/Imperial Chapter, has recently named The Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) at Camp Pendleton, a $131 million property, as its 2012 Project of the Year. San Diego architectural firms RJC Architects and Joseph Wong Design Associates, in a team with Hensel Phelps Soltek Join Venture, completed the project, which was recognized in the “Structures, $75 Million and Above Category.”
The BEQ at Camp Pendleton is a 483,573-square foot quarters that includes four barracks, which is able to house 1,588 Marine Corps personnel.
The building features several green features. It was certified as LEED Gold. Additionally, the BEQ at Camp Pendleton features photovoltaic systems that supply a total of 215 kilowatts of power, which equals 6.5 percent of the total electrical load. High-efficiency lighting also aids in energy conservation.
“These buildings will serve the Marines for the next 50 years, so every decision was based on a life-cycle cost analysis,” James Robbins, principal of RJC, tells MHN. “We needed to maximize quality while minimizing the total cost of ownership over that extended time frame,” Robbins said. ”We reduced energy costs by 32 percent, reduced water usage by over 40 percent, and selected materials that would reduce long term maintenance and operations costs.”
Barrack amenities include a community center with a theater, training lounge, multipurpose rooms, laundry, kitchen and Internet center. There are also basketball, volleyball and tennis courts; horseshoe pits; and outdoor covered areas with built-in barbecues.
“We are very pleased and proud APWA selected this project to receive this important award,” Joseph Wong, managing principal for Joseph Wong Design Associates, said. “The complex was carefully designed to provide enlisted Marines with facilities to participate in a variety of activities, including passive and active sports and training functions.”
Robbins credits a lot of the project’s success to the team members, which also included Berger ABAM, structural engineer; MA Engineers, mechanical engineer; Elen Engineers, electrical engineer; KEMA, sustainable design consulting; and Aon Fire Protection.
“There was a wonderful team effort on this project,” Robbins said. “The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the Hensel Phelps Soltek JV and the architects were all working together to create a great residential community for our young Marines.”