NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Awards Energy Improvement Project in Norfolk

Story Number: NNS120905-12Release Date: 9/5/2012 3:50:00 PM
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By Tom Kreidel, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Atlantic's Hampton Road Integrated Product Team announced Sept. 5, it has awarded a $17 million contract to S.B Ballard of Virginia Beach for renovation of Building J-50 and improvements to the steam system aboard Naval Station Norfolk.

The project was awarded Aug. 31, and calls for the replacement of more than 400 steam traps throughout the base, new energy efficient HVAC systems, electrical fixtures and other energy saving upgrades to a large building that houses several commands.

"The best part of this project is that we can provide a major renovation of the entire building," said Dean Gregory, project manager. "This allows us to use current design standards and advances in technology to design the building systems to provide a more reliable and more energy efficient system for the building."

Gregory said Building J-50 was built more than 60 years ago, and there have been some small renovations over the years in different parts of the building. This is the first renovation of the entire building, which will feature closed loop water source heat pumps, energy efficient lighting and improved insulation.

He said the steam trap portion of the project will replace and insulate existing steam traps that are leaking or lack insulation. This will reduce steam and heat loss, saving energy throughout the base.

Building J-50 tenants include the Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), the Navy Mobilization Processing Site, Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, the USO and others. Representatives from these commands were able to add their input to the design teams, to help meet their needs while encouraging a more efficient use of space.

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