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NAVFAC SW special operations facility receives SAME Gold Design Award

November 2019

TACOMA, Washington (Nov. 4, 2019) ‒A new operations facility at Naval Base Coronado was awarded the Gold Award for Design Excellence last month for its high degree of complexity, innovation, and coordination.

The Seattle and Tacoma Posts of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) chose the new $15.7 million, 40,000 square foot facility, which is occupied by the Navy Special Warfare Group TEN Special Reconnaissance Team ONE. The facility supports two platforms of portable Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), the “ScanEagle” and the “Integrator” and will be used for training and maintenance.

POWER Engineers, Inc., worked closely with NAVFAC SW and design-build lead Soltek Pacific to successfully complete this project to the Navy’s high sustainability and complex design standards.

“POWER and Soltek Pacific have a great relationship that spans two decades and includes projects in both Southern California and the Puget Sound area,” said Scott Harm, principal marketer and client executive for the project. “Sharing this honor with them is a great tribute to that relationship and will hopefully lead to more successful projects in the years to come.”

As part of the Department of Defense’s strategic shift to the Indo-Pacific theater, NAVFAC SW has focused its efforts on developing its Coastal Campus at Naval Base Coronado. As a result, there were more than 35 ongoing projects in various stages near the project site. The design-build team needed to ensure construction work would not adversely impact other projects in the area. Significant coordination was needed to organize the availability of laydown areas and the placement of construction staff on-site trailers.

The state-of-the-art facility was also designed to meet LEED Silver certification requirements. The design-build team achieved this using high-performing HVAC systems, DDC controls, extensive insulation for exterior wall systems, low-flow use water fixtures, and the use of renewable, recyclable, low emitting finishes and materials.

Other team members included Rizza Engineers (electrical), MA Engineers (mechanical), BWE Engineers (structural), Trevet Incorporated (civil), DP & Associates (fire protection/life safety), and K. Killman Inc., (interiors).

The Seattle and Tacoma SAME posts annually recognize sustaining member firms that have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in support of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, VA, and the Public Health Service. Projects are judged based on the contribution to the agency’s mission, degree of complexity, innovation incorporated into the project, and level of cooperation between the agency and sustaining firm.