DIEGO GARCIA (NNS) -- As the Southern Hemisphere prepares for another scorching summer, Liberty Hall at Camp Justice will become noticeably cooler during the coming months.
DG-21 employees began digging holes for the first of five ballast platforms designed to hold five new environmental control units (ECUs), commonly known as air conditioning units. The ECUs will create a cooler, more energy-efficient environment, according to Peter Lee, DG-21 operations manager of Indefinite Quantities.
"The comfort level should be much improved," said the native of Hougang, Singapore. "That's the whole reason we're accomplishing [the new unit installation]. We've had too many problems with the old units breaking down so often."
The new Trave-Voyager air conditioning units consist of two 20-ton units, two 15-ton units and one five-ton machine. Once installed, the units will cool the Diego Depot South, galley, gymnasium, computer center and several storage areas within the 30,000 square-foot building.
DG-21 employees are scheduled to work around peak hours, due to the higher influx of service members and civilian personnel using the facilities. The present air conditioning units were designed as a quick fix when Liberty Hall reopened in late 2001, after being closed for several years.
"We plan to keep the place open during the upcoming holidays," said Chief Engineer 2nd Lt. Joseph Pangelinan, Civil Engineering Squadron, Guam Air National Guard. "Our biggest challenge is maintaining a flexible work schedule that causes the least amount of disruption and inconvenience to everyone.
Most of the installation work will be done at night.
DG-21 employees are making certain their replacement work does not interfere with keeping Camp Justice residents comfortable.
"We'll install mobile AC units in the Diego Depot South and other places in the building very soon," said Nestor Santos, DG-21 Metal Works supervisor. "We can keep patrons cool and not interrupt our work installing the new ECUs after we have shut down and disconnected the old ones."
Construction and installation work began the first part of November. The new ECUs cost a total of $220,000 in materials and labor, with an estimated 6,000 man-hours. The new units are expected to be online and fully operational by April 2004.
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