PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard began another significant step in fulfilling its facilities modernization plan with the ground breaking ceremony for the $15.8 million Production Services Support Facility, July 6, adjacent to historic Dry Dock 1.
Work spaces in the new facility include production resource support areas directly linked to waterfront projects in the dry docks, a satellite tool shop, administrative areas, a briefing room, secure storage room, nursing station, staging areas, an information technology center and break areas.
Construction will commence July 11, with a projected completion date in September 2012. Naval Facilities Hawaii is funding the two-story, 36,685 sq. ft.-structure. Nearly 100 military and civic leaders and Shipyard personnel, to include Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, attended the ceremony.
Keynote speaker Jennifer Sabas, chief of staff to Sen. Daniel Inouye, read a letter to the audience at the ceremony on behalf of Hawaii's senior senator.
"Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard plays a key role," he said. "It begins with our strategic location and ends with all of you - a proud team committed to returning ships to the fleet, fit to fight, in defense of freedom. I am honored to be considered part of your team."
Erection of the facility will provide a permanent, covered workspace for engineers and workers. The building will also eliminate temporary work structures, project team setup and removal costs, while improving submarine maintenance productivity and efficiency.
"Direct engineering support of production on the deck plates is absolutely critical to the efficient execution of repair work," said Shipyard Engineering Officer Capt. Michael Ballou. "The co-location of the structural production and engineering team right where the work is happening at the dry dock is going to have a huge positive impact on our performance of this critical line of work."
The structure, which lies close in proximity to a number of historic sites in the shipyard's skyline, has been approved by the State of Hawaii Historic Preservation Office as being compatible with the 1940's area design elements.
The facility will achieve a sustainable design aimed to optimize efficiency by consolidating related functions into a single, two-story permanent structure. It will create an efficient, safe, secure and all-weather working environment for shipyard workers with maximal natural light penetration and ventilation in industrial areas.
Considered a "green" project by internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the facility will reach measurable ratings in water efficiency, energy and atmosphere quality, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for the current and future Shipyard workforce.
This initiative is one of many throughout the Navy and Marine Corps which will enable the Department of the Navy to achieve Secretary Ray Mabus' energy goals to improve our energy security and efficiency afloat and ashore, increase our energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.
The shipyard is a full-service naval shipyard and regional maintenance center for the Navy's surface ships and submarines. It is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command which engineers, builds, buys and maintains naval ships, submarines and their combat systems.
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