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By NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs
Quantico, Va. (NNS) -- A groundbreaking ceremony for additions to the Marine Corps University was held on board Marine Corps Base Quantico May 2.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington will oversee construction of the John Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies, named for the former Virginia senator.
"This facility will incorporate some real state-of-the-art technology," said Rear Adm. Kate Gregory, commander, NAVFAC. "Whether it's solar water heating; whether it's radiant heat for the locker rooms; whether it's the environmental controls; all will enable us to save money on energy bills in the future."
The Honorable John Warner, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, and President of Marine Corps University Brig. Gen. William F. Mullen III, also spoke at the event.
The Research Center Addition, a 48,000 square foot, multi-story building will accommodate items from the Historical Branch, Marine Corps History Division. Items will include approximately 25,000 books and 4 million reference files, command chronologies and other official documents.
The Academic Instruction Facility, a 129,000 square foot, multi-story building is designed to support the missions of resident officer Professional Military Education schools and colleges. It will serve approximately 325 resident students each year.
A 700-space parking structure near the site is also included in the project. The facilities will be ready for use Fall 2014.