NMCB 3 Restores Vintage Meeting Hall, Supports Seal Beach Sub Vets

Story Number: NNS140924-20Release Date: 9/24/2014 10:16:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Public Affairs

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 completed $44K worth of renovations to a 1960's era meeting hall for Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California, Sept. 23.

The seven Seabees assigned to the project spent 65 days installing new flooring, ceiling, carpet, fixtures, plumbing and painted the entire interior of the 2,880 square-foot building.

In addition to saving planners and leadership at Seal Beach thousands of dollars in outside contracting costs, the project allowed new Seabees a chance to receive on-site training.

"I've seen a lot of real growth," said Construction Electrician 1st Class Samantha Craig, the project's officer in charge. "We've had headaches associated with a typical project that could have been real problems had we not slowed down, used those moments to learn and teach each other the skills we know."

Used as a brig decades ago, the renovated building now serves as a meeting hall for various groups including submarine veterans from the Seal Beach area.

According to Herb Bolton, a former Navy engineman and current liaison for Submarine Veterans Inc., seeing Seabees perform the renovations provided a sense of comfort.

"I feel more secure with the work when I see Seabees doing it," said Bolton. "They put more heart into the project, have been very cordial and everyone is doing a great, great job."

The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. The force provides deployable battalions capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcb3/.

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