By Lt. Heidi Lawrenz, FEAD Camp Butler
OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East Awarded a $6.2 million contract to repair bachelor officer's quarters (BEQ) for the III Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan Dec. 1.
"Courtney 4300 was built 35 years ago and is the primary BEQ for staff non-commissioned officers (NCOs) from III MEF," said Lt. Cmdr. Brad Coleman Director, Camp Butler Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division (FEAD). "This is its first whole building renovation project and will replace old, inefficient lighting, water and HVAC equipment with new, energy efficient systems. After the renovation, this building will improve the quality of life for the NCOs who are essential to the successful execution of III MEF planning, operations and training."
Work will include asbestos removal, replacement of interior and exterior doors, floor, wall and ceiling finishes, and upgrades to laundry areas. Repairs will be made to the fire protection system and fire alarm control panels.
The $6,171,853.67 contract was awarded to NIPPO Corporation. Work is scheduled to be completed in June 2016.
FEAD Camp Butler also turned over the Staff Training Facility to III MEF Division at Camp Courtney after completing repairs and upgrades Dec. 4.
The $651,000 project transformed a dilapidated and vacant galley facility into a working training facility which will house III MEF Marines as the Division command center during their training exercises.
Work included repair of damaged walls, ceilings, and floors, as well as partial replacement of electrical, mechanical, plumbing and IT equipment.
"The FEAD Camp Butler team worked extremely hard on providing quality facility upgrades which solved design challenges, including matching IT and electrical upgrades to existing systems as well as to meet customer needs and mission requirements," said Ariel Amposta, Construction Contracting Officer.
FEAD Camp Butler provides construction and service contracting support to nine Marine Corps camps and one Marine Corps air station at Okinawa, Japan.