NAS Jax Breaks Ground on New All Hands Club

Story Number: NNS110521-16Release Date: 5/21/2011 8:11:00 PM
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By Clark Pierce, Naval Air Station Jacksonville Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Maclay joined key players to break ground for the new All Hands Club aboard the installation, May 17.

The $6.4 million project to replace 'The Zone' includes design and construction of a single-story 25,000 sq. ft. entertainment facility.

"The floor plan includes a casual-dining restaurant and lounge, and a chief petty officers' pub, along with a Bingo and banquet hall," said Maclay. "The architecture is very impressive. I'm sure this facility will become an entertainment landmark on base. Congratulations go out to our contractor partners Powell Design Group and Friedrich Watkins Company. We all look forward to the ribbon cutting ceremony in August of 2012."

"The architect gave us a showcase design with what we call a 'wow factor' - such as the dramatic roof design that is meant to mimic aircraft wings and an outdoor patio area," said Nick Bloomer, Public Works Department project manager. "And the Bingo crowd will be pleased to learn that the new hall will accommodate up to 250 players."

Public Works Officer Cmdr. Bill Siemer told the audience, "This project represents a significant accomplishment thanks to the hard work and coordination of many organizations, including Commander Navy Installations Command, U.S. Army Contracting, NAS Jacksonville MWR, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, and our contractor partners."

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