EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Navy officials and children from the Naval Station Everett child development center (CDC) broke ground on the toddler room expansion Nov. 4.
As the first Navy Region Northwest project funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the CDC expansion will also include repair and replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning climate control system. The ARRA supports project funding for Department of Defense Programs such as military construction and energy conservation investment while creating jobs and contributing to America's economic recovery.
"This really has an effect on productivity and readiness for the fleet out there," said Capt. Thomas Mascolo, NAVSTA Everett commanding officer. "The ability for our Sailors to have a place [for their children] that is so good and so near makes a big difference."
The project, which will expand the CDC by 2,200 square feet and provide additional space for 28 children and four caregivers, will be conducted in an environmentally-friendly manner.
"Specific measures will be taken in the demolition of the existing site and during construction to recycle materials and purchase environmentally-sound products," said Ensign Alexsandra Reed of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest (NAVFAC NW).
The two toddler rooms and exterior play areas will keep the same style of the existing building, but appearance wasn't the main concern.
"Most importantly was making an investment in our people," said Capt. Pat Rios, NAVFAC NW commanding officer. "[Projects like this] will pay mission dividends in the future."
Judy McDonald, director, installation program manager for Child and Youth Programs on NAVSTA Everett said that this project will help eliminate the child care wait list.
"Right now there is no excess demand, which means that no one is waiting for care, but there are people waiting for their first choice," she said. "There's always going to be a need, but our goal is to shorten that wait time."
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