December 13, 2010
According to information made available from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), NAVFAC Washington was recognized for its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) gold certification during a ceremony held at Naval Support Activity South Potomac, Dahlgren, Va., Dec. 7th.
The facility was built by NAVFAC Washington to support Naval Surface Weapons Command Dahlgren Division at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren.
“I happily accept this on behalf of all NAVFAC Washington and the NAVFAC Washington team here who made this happen,” said Capt. Ramé Hemstreet, commanding officer, NAVFAC Washington. “This is the first LEED gold certified building at NDW (Naval District Washington) or built by NAVFAC Washington.”
Haskell Company, based in Jacksonville, Fla., was the architect and Engineer, as well as primary construction contractor, on the project. Haskell sent three representatives to the presentation, including the president of the civil/public facilities group and the project manager.
“It seems only fitting that NSF Dahlgren would be the site for the first LEED building within NDW,” said Capt. Catherine Hanft, commanding officer, NSF Dahlgren. “Because, like the home where [the plaque] will reside here with NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center) Dahlgren Division, you’re on the cutting edge. So I think this is just another symbol of all the good things you do for our Sailors and warfighters out there.”
The NSWC facility supports two primary missions – the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) and the Integrated Combat Systems Test Facility (ICSTF). The 56,000 square-foot multistory Research, Development, and Acquisition and Testing and Evaluation Consolidation Facility houses 130 personnel.
LEED system promotes design and construction practices that improve the impact of buildings on the environment and their occupants. NAVFAC is dedicated to seeking ways to increase energy efficiency and support the U.S. Navy as they strive to become a leader in environmental responsibility.