NAVAL AIR STATION MERIDIAN, Miss. (NNS) -- A groundbreaking ceremony for a new dining facility on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian occurred March 14.
The $8.7 million project will replace the more than 50-year-old Five Star galley dedicated to the memory of Marine Lance Cpl. Roy M. Wheat, a Moselle, Miss., native and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in Vietnam.
"The new dining facility will replace a deteriorated, oversized, energy inefficient, and outdated facility which has reached the end of its useful life," said Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Max Sisson. "The existing galley and a vacant barracks will be demolished as part of this project."
Energy consumption reduction for this building must provide a minimum of 30 percent energy savings above ASHRAE 90.1 2007 in accordance with EPAct 2005.
Preliminary estimates indicate a 49 percent savings although the design is ongoing.
These savings come from a whole building approach in energy reduction.
Building roof, exterior walls and fenestrations will be designed to reduce heating and cooling loads. Materials and assemblies will be chosen to exceed ASHRAE requirements. Lighting systems will be designed to reduce energy with high efficiency fixtures and lamps. The building envelope will reduce heat transfer with "U" values (heat transfer equivalent of insulation "R" values) that are well below ASHRAE requirements. The HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) is also designed to optimize energy reduction. It is planned to include a variable volume air system, dedicated outside air system, an energy wheel to recover energy from exhausted air systems and an energy management system to list a few of the items. Equipment for the kitchen area also will be energy star compliant.
A footprint reduction of about 16,500 square feet will be achieved after the new construction and demolition of the old galley and excess barracks.
"This project represents a great step forward for NAS Meridian's footprint reduction and consolidation efforts," said Capt. Chris Moore, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Meridian. "By reducing the size of the galley by nearly 7,000 square feet, NAS Meridian will realize immediate energy savings and greater efficiencies with a 'right sized' facility that will directly and positively benefit our large student population. We are very pleased to see the galley project moving forward."
The new galley will be a modern state-of-the-art and energy efficient 21,500 square foot, low rise facility with concrete footings and non-load bearing concrete masonry walls with structural steel columns. The building will match base architecture with split face concrete masonry unit (CMU) and brick veneer walls and a standing seam roof.
The facility also will be designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification and meet Epact 2005 criteria of executive order 13123 "Greening the Government through Efficient Energy Management," and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Employees in the facility will serve nearly 1,100 meals a day to Navy and Marine Corps permanent party, student and instructor pilots, and A-School enlisted technical students.
On-site work is scheduled to begin with demolition in mid-April, and the project is expected to be complete by October 2015.
JCON Group, Construction and Design, of Miami, Fla., was awarded the initial task order for the design and construction of the dining facility, Dec. 17, 2013.
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