The Charles Luke Milam Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ P155) is a 161,601 square foot residential building located on the US Naval Station Everett on a site that was previously a parking lot, which was demolished to provide space. The building was designed to be a comfortable off-ship residence for home-ported sailors, while incorporating environmental, water, and energy sustainability into its design and construction. The building consists of six stories and contains 128 two-bedroom, 2 bathroom apartments, with a maximum capacity of 504 service members. The building achieved LEED Gold certification in 2009; the first Navy building in the US to achieve that designation, the third for the Navy worldwide.
O’Brien & Company provided LEED project management services to the design build team of Hoffman Construction and Belay Architects on issues dealing with materials selection, construction waste management, and indoor air quality issues. The commitment of the contractor to obtaining LEED certification can be seen in its willingness to hire O’Brien & Company at no additional markup to the original contract.
During construction, over 98 percent of the waste generated on site was diverted from disposal in landfills by providing on-site recycling for metal, brick, concrete, plastic, wood, glass, and other construction materials. This was achieved by partnering with the Naval Station Everett (NSE) Public Works Department to provide on-site recycling for metal, brick, concrete,plastic, wood, glass, and other construction materials. This created a mutually beneficial enterprise as the contractor was relieved of the refuse disposal cost and the Navy was able to recapitalize revenue from the recycled products. Favorable siting, the use of recyclable materials, and advanced landscaping techniques minimized the impact of construction and the finished building on the environment. In order to reduce air pollution related to transportation, the building was located within walking distance to more than 20 different basic services, including stops for three different bus routes. Energy efficiency features include daylighting and operable windows, individual lighting controls, and an efficient HVAC system with condensing boilers, heat recovery, and variable frequency drives. Enhanced commissioning helped ensure the optimal performance of HVAC equipment and systems and the building has an advanced direct digital control (DDC) system to optimize energy use.
As part of O’Brien & Company’s work as LEED Project Manager, we developed a set of Green Cleaning Guidelines to earn an Innovation credit for the project and that are now being used on multiple projects on the base.
Photo courtesy of Hoffman Construction.