Marine Corps Air Station Earns Second LEED Gold Certification

MCAS Cherry Point, NC - NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic is pleased to accept another Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The P135 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point received a LEED GOLD certification. The Haskell Company was the design-builder for this new facility. Haskell’s integrated design-build approach ensured that the government received a quality facility, which was safely delivered on time and met the stringent requirements of the USGBC GOLD Certification (exceeding the contract requirements for Silver certification).

The USGBC developed the LEED Green Building Rating System. The system promotes design and construction practices that meet specified standards, resolving much of the negative impact of buildings on their occupants and on the environment. One of the BEQ’s most notable LEED features is the rainwater harvesting system that collects rainwater from the roof of each building. After central collection, the water is sent through a storm filter then into a 10,000 gallon storage tank located under ground. If the tank reaches capacity from a large storm event, the tank is equipped with an overflow system that is tied to the storm system of the project. The system pumps the previously filtered water to a micron filter located in the mechanical room and sends it to a 500-gallon day tank where another pump constantly cycles the water through a UV sterilization system, providing bacteria free water. This twice filtered and UV sterilized water is utilized to flush toilets throughout the facility. In the event there is a major drought, the 500-gallon day tank is supplemented with the municipal domestic water system. The utilization of the rainwater harvesting system and the use of ultra low-flow fixtures enabled this project to reach a water use reduction of 40% compared to a baseline building.

The facility was designed and constructed by Haskell of Jacksonville, Florida, one of the nation’s pioneers in integrated “in-house” design and construction services. Integration is seen as a more efficient process and places the responsibility of the design and construction on one firm rather than splitting it across a design firm and general contractor. NAVFAC and Haskell are dedicated to seeking ways to increase energy efficiency and be environmentally friendly. The P135 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters is the second GOLD facility delivered by Haskell at MCAS Cherry Point this year. In March, the base’s Engineering Product Support Facility also received a GOLD certification. These two GOLD facilities were simultaneously delivered with ZERO safety incidents.

About Haskell

Haskell, one of the industry’s leading integrated design, engineering and construction firms, offers client-focused solutions in the commercial, industrial and civic 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.