Marine Corps Dedicates OCS Battalion Command Post

Story Number: NNS120508-15Release Date: 5/8/2012 3:15:00 PM
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By James Johnson, NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs

QUANTICO, Va. (NNS) -- The Officer Candidates School Battalion Command Post, designed by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington, was dedicated during a ceremony held aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, May 4.

The dedication of Wilson Hall, named after former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Louis H. Wilson, was presided over by current Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos.

"I want you to look at this building, because this is almost a miracle that the United States Marine Corps would have something this nice, this new. It even smells like a new car," said Amos. "I'm very grateful to Sauer and NAVFAC for doing this for us. It is absolutely wonderful."

The dedication marked completion of the 13,024 square foot Wilson Hall and Bobo Hall, a 29,600 square foot mess hall, which will serve 2,400 Marines per meal. Geothermal wells at Wilson Hall and photovoltaic cells and solar water-heater panels at the Bobo Hall will help reduce the amount of energy the buildings take from the power grid.

"We had a great team," said Ensign Anna Hallais, project manager. "A lot of typical construction challenges, but it was a very rewarding project. The final product is excellent. The quality is superior-quite possibly the finest facility at [MCB] Quantico," said Hallais of Wilson Hall.

Col. Kris J. Stillings, commanding officer of the Officer Candidates School also noted how well-constructed the building is. "The name Wilson Hall is very fitting for a building of this magnitude," he said.

NAVFAC Washington awarded Sauer Inc. a contract Dec. 30, 2009, to build the two facilities which cost $17,577,300.

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