CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton celebrated the completion of 11 Area Field and Track repair aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton with a ribbon cutting ceremony, April 26.
Cmdr. Russel Rang, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest resident officer in charge of construction aboard Camp Pendleton, spoke at the ceremony for the state-of-the-art track and field facility totaling $3.35 million.
NAVFAC Southwest awarded a construction contract to Martin Brothers Construction Co. Sept. 29, 2011, to repair the facility. Construction was completed April 6.
The previous field and track consisted of materials incapable of supporting daily athletic use or withstanding inclement weather. The required maintenance for upkeep of the previous facility involved closure of the facility three months per year.
The 11 Area Field and Track repair project included the removal of deteriorated living turf and replacement with artificial turf. More than 100,000 square feet of high quality artificial turf was installed inside the track with an additional 5,000 square feet of turf to help blend natural slopes to the final grade. The field has a herring bone drainage system capable of draining a 100 year storm condition to ensure the sub-base material is not compromised.
Irrigation lines were installed to allow for the periodic cleaning of the playing surface. The track project also included the removal of the existing decomposed granite running track and replacement with an all-weather, rubberized material. The track has an asphalt sub-base with additional exterior drainage, which will protect the track from off-site storm water run-on. Existing goal posts were removed and replaced with new hardware, and a four-foot perimeter fence and an American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramp for wounded warriors to access the facilities was installed.
"We added the ADA access from the parking lot specifically to cater to wounded warriors wishing to use the facility," said Ensign Marvie Wonsia, NAVFAC Southwest construction manager for this project. "World-class facilities like these don't come along too often, so this is a great opportunity for the Marine Corps, Navy and the local community to enjoy a quality facility for years to come."
The athletic field and track along with the Paige Field House, built in 2004, completes a state-of-the-art sports complex for Camp Pendleton Marines, Sailors and their families.
"The new facility is significant landmark that captures the very essence of what it means to be a Marine; fitness," said Wonsia. "When you think of the Marine Corps values, you think of physical fitness at its finest, and the 11-area project is a bold representation of this fact for Marines and their families using this facility."
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