AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (NNS) -- More than 144 Airmen stationed at Aviano Air Base are moving into the newest, $13 million dormitory at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
The client, Aviano's 31st Fighter Wing and 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, prime contractor, TACOSE ATI, and the construction agent, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia, ROICC Northern Italy commemorated the completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Jan. 15.
The project provides the first dormitory facility constructed on Aviano Air Base that meets the new Air Force wide "Dorms-4-Airmen" standard that is based on a four-bedroom module design for E1-E4 Permanent Party Unaccompanied Housing. This new standard, released in 2006, advanced the prior model of "1+1" (two bedrooms sharing a common kitchen and bathroom area) to the new model of four bedrooms with private bathroom sharing a single common area and kitchen area, while increasing flexibility in the space allotted for living area.
Prior to completion of this project, E1-E4 Permanent Party Unaccompanied Housing was split between Area 2 and Area F at Aviano Air Base, resulting in additional transportation and logistics issues with commuting Airmen to the flight line. The new dormitory provides sufficient capacity for all unaccompanied E1-E4 to be housed in a single 'cantonment' area on Area F - centrally located within walking distance to the flight line, dining facility, Exchange, Commissary, gym and golf course. The consolidation is a crucial step in the U.S. Air Force's effort to divest its interest in Area 2 and return it back to the Italian Air Force.
With an anticipated certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver, this project is the first facility at Aviano utilizing solar energy. Solar panels installed over a covered parking canopy heat two 5,000 liter water tanks that provide a minimum of 50 percent of the new dorm's domestic hot water demand, saving the Air Force approximately $4,000 per year in natural gas utility costs.
"In the constrained fiscal environment that we live, energy initiatives provide a way to save money in the future," said Capt. Daniel Niederhauser, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, engineering flight deputy. "These savings make us more efficient in conducting the Air Force and 31st Fighter Wing missions."
Other LEED elements included are: efficient wall insulations in the building structure, high-efficiency window panes to maximize use of external lighting in rooms, sun shades around exterior windows that deflect sunlight to reduce cooling requirements, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system that will automatically turn off when the room is unoccupied to help reduce energy costs, and maximizing use of local and recycled materials.
The Airmen at Aviano will enjoy the comfort and amenities of this new dormitory for many years to come.