Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, has achieved LEED Gold certification for a temporary lodging facility at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Stellar provided full design-build services for the standalone 50-room facility, designed to accommodate temporary assigned duty and permanent change-of-station personnel, as well as family and friends of active-duty Marines.
Construction began in January 2012 and was completed in July 2013 for the 30,462-square-foot, three-story building, which includes standard and extended-stay rooms. The facility’s LEED Gold certification exceeds the military’s standard LEED Silver certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is the industry’s leading certification program for the design, construction and operation of green facilities. The project earned additional LEED points for site location due to its proximity to services including a food market, laundry, bank, school and alternative transportation options. Additional points were awarded for the use of green-friendly products in organic landscaping, pest management and housekeeping.
The new accommodations complement Camp Lejeune’s existing 90-room temporary lodging facility, which was operating at a 96-percent occupancy rate before the new addition. Stellar is also contracted to expand and renovate the 90-bed facility, beginning construction in October 2012. The facility is remaining open throughout the renovations, requiring a meticulous construction-site safety plan to ensure the safety of residents and staff. Upon completion in the winter of 2014, the 75,000-square-foot facility will include 140 rooms.
“This project embodies the purpose of LEED—to provide healthier, more productive communities in which to live and work,” said Richard M. Lovelace, Stellar Divisional Vice President. “Simple design steps, such as incorporating more windows to offer views of the outdoors and providing a better acoustical environment for sleeping, lead to a happier, and thus more productive workforce.”
Stellar is an architecture, engineering, construction and mechanical services firm. Using a fully integrated approach, Stellar’s team of more than 600 people worldwide create award-winning food and beverage processing plants; refrigerated warehouses; distribution centers; commercial, institutional and military facilities; and industrial refrigeration, mechanical, thermal, cooling and power systems. In addition to its Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters, Stellar operates 12 support locations throughout the United States and has offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, China and Puerto Rico. The company also serves Central and South America, Europe and India. For more information, visit www.stellar.net.