SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new bachelor enlisted quarters at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) San Clemente Island, Aug. 23.
The new state-of-the-art facility is the first of two buildings, each consisting of 44 two-person apartments, which will house permanent party military members.
The building features energy efficient and environmentally friendly designs such as an integrated roof featuring solar electricity generation and wind power generation.
"With these forward-thinking designs, we are not only reaffirming our commitment to renewable, self-sustaining energy solutions, but also enhancing the quality of lives of our Sailors here on San Clemente Island," said Capt. Gary A. Mayes, commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado. "Making this project even more significant is that it offers sustainable features such as a wastewater treatment plant. This is all moving us toward the goal of reducing our energy consumption by 35 percent by 2015."
The building currently operates at zero net capacity, meaning the amount of energy provided by the on-site renewable energy sources (solar and wind generators) are equal to the amount of energy used by the facility.
The new barracks are designed to make life as comfortable as possible for Sailors and civilians living on the remote island, with each room featuring a washer and dryer as well as a kitchen.
"These new buildings are a vast improvement over the previous ones," said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Nathan Gaulke. "My favorite addition is the recreation room, because it gives us something to do in our down time and I also enjoy the washer and dryer as well. It makes things more convenient for us and so we don't have to travel as far."
Stronghold Engineering, a local Southern California contractor, started the project in 2010 and has workers constructing the second building.
NALF San Clemente Island is located approximately 70 miles west of San Diego. The range facility is home to 300 military and civilian personnel. The facility provides training for naval surface fire support, air to ground tactics and special operations.
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