By Annalisa Cachin, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic awarded a task order Sept. 5 for the design and construction of an Academic Instruction Building to house the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy Facilities at Camp Johnson on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The $26 million contract, awarded to Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Greenbelt, Md., will improve the learning environment for the instructors and students at the academy.
"The academy will replace World War II era buildings designed as barracks," said Abdelkader Labidi, project manager for NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic's North Carolina Integrated Product Team. "Because they were designed as barracks, they are long and very narrow. This creates major problems for the instructor because he or she can't see all the students and the students can't hear each other in discussion."
The new tiered and concave classrooms, student break out rooms, and heating and air conditioning system are some features that will create a learning environment that is conducive for the Socratic method of student discussion on which the academy curriculum is based.
"Classroom units consist of lecture room, small classroom and work spaces, offices, and support spaces so they may function as separate learning areas of concentration within the building," Labidi added.
Work to be performed as part of the task order includes a parade and drill field, an outdoor covered classroom area, a minimum 250 space surface parking lot, and a one story supply warehouse building. Additionally, the use of natural daylight is one feature of the new design that will enable the academy will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
"The building design has a two-story central glass atrium space with second floor balcony walk, around which all spaces are grouped," Labidi said. "Spaces directly off the central atrium will receive borrowed daylight."
The campus-style NCO Staff Academy is master planned with a BEQ, amphitheater, large computer lab, food service areas, shower facilities, support spaces, and outdoor plaza.
Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C. and is expected to be completed by January 2016.