By Tom Kreidel, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic awarded a contract to reduce energy consumption Jan. 23 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The $24.4 million steam decentralization project was awarded to DRP Hardin Construction-WGI Joint Venture Inc. and will save the base nearly $4 million annually in costs.
According to Elizabeth Smith, energy manager at Camp Lejeune, the base will save $1.3 million annually in utilities costs, with additional savings in operations and maintenance of almost $1.6 million per year.
"This is the third phase of a four phase steam decentralization program at Camp Lejeune," said Scott Littlefield, a project manager at NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic's Marine Corps Integrated Product Team. "The goal of the program is to remove all of Camp Lejeune's more than 450 buildings from the central steam plants."
Littlefield, who will oversee this project, adds that once this project is complete an additional 86 buildings will be heated by high-efficiency gas systems. He says the project will kick off in a couple of weeks with the design phase. From there, the installation should begin later this year.
"This project will assist in enhancing the overall energy efficiency of Camp Lejeune, reducing energy usage and mitigating carbon emissions," he added.