MCAS Miramar, CA – Marine Corps personnel often have temporary lodging needs due to a permanent change of station move, temporary additional duty, or sometimes just to get away and re-charge. Temporary Lodging Facilities offer short-term housing accommodations for military members, their families, and guests. “Quality accommodations at a reasonable price improve the quality of life for the Nation’s military personnel,” stated Jacob Thurlow, Haskell project manager, at the recent ribbon cutting of the expanded inn at MCAS Miramar, California.
This project truly began in Haskell’s Jacksonville warehouse two years prior. Haskell proudly partnered with Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) to deliver a 102-room, 2-building addition to the existing facility at MCAS Miramar. The design was a collaborative effort between Haskell and MCCS. Haskell invited MCCS to participate in several design charettes and actually built full scale mock-up lodge rooms in their Jacksonville warehouse. MCCS was in the process of revising their Brand Standards for the Inns of the Corps program. The mock-up allowed the client to “walk into” the design, giving them an opportunity to touch, see, and sense.
Eco-sensitive features and a home-like atmosphere were merged into the lodging facility. The newly designed and constructed Miramar Inn addition provides an inviting atmosphere for Marine Corps personnel, retirees and their families. The two new wings at the Miramar Inn were designed with amenities and services that make service personnel and their families feel right at home, alleviating some of the stress that often accompanies such moves.
The addition will be LEED Silver certified and will secure approximately 14 percent of its annual electricity usage from renewable energy provided by an adjacent Solar Farm. Highly efficient mechanical systems and low flow fixtures were incorporated into the design. Building materials were sourced locally; and recycling and landfill diversion procedures were implemented. Rainwater was designed to remain on site to reduce storm water runoff, contributing to a Low Impact Design. Energy Management and Control Systems and occupancy sensors have been incorporated throughout the project, helping to significantly reduce the amount of energy used by the facility. In addition to Haskell’s sustainable design decisions, the Miramar Inn has engaged its top suppliers to provide more sustainable products for guests, from key cards to carpeting and Eco-Smart pillows. This reduces direct environmental impact and offers guests and associates a more eco-sensitive experience.
Today, more than 12,200 Marines, Sailors and civilians call Miramar home. MCAS Miramar was used by both the Navy and Marine Corps for advanced pilot training during World War II. After the war, the Navy occupied the base for over 50 years, and Miramar grew into “Fightertown USA,” home to F-14 squadrons and “Topgun.” Now MCAS Miramar is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is the aviation element of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
MCAS Miramar’s mission is to provide exceptional support to its Warfighters. The most valuable assets are its people. The Marines, Sailors and Civilian Marines are the driving force behind the Mission of the Air Station. Haskell was honored to partner with MCCS in providing a quality facility which supports all phases of military family life and deployment cycles.
Haskell, one of the industry’s leading integrated design, engineering and construction firms, offers client-focused solutions in the commercial, industrial, government and civil infrastructure markets. With more than $550 million in annual revenue and 1,500 completed projects to date, Haskell serves a multinational client base from strategic points across the United States and in Mexico.