Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chief of Staff for Integration & Transition

Capt. David A. Bitonti
In this week’s article, I’d like to tell you about the Building 17 Complex. This building will consist of administrative spaces, the fitness center, and a parking garage. The building is scheduled to be completed in August 2011.

The original Building 17 is one of the historical buildings on the campus and was formerly the home of the Navy Medical Research Institute (NMRI). Because of this, the architects developed a design to maintain the historical faÁade of the building, incorporate the new requirements for the planned space, and assure that the new addition maintains original architecture and provides state of the art LEED⁄Green amenities post construction.

LEED is the acronym for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certificate. This means that the building is designed, constructed, and will operate as a high performance green, energy efficient building. The focus of a LEED building is to recognize the performance of five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Building 17 is currently in the review process for LEED certification. Based upon a grading scale, buildings can be LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, or LEED Platinum.

Once completed, the building will have a 203,000 square foot underground four story parking garage consisting of 577 parking spaces. There will be 145,000 square feet of administrative space and 70,000 square feet of fitness facilities. The overall size of the building is 418,000 square feet.

The fitness center will be located on the exterior rear addition of the first floor and will include: a 50 meter pool, racquetball courts, basketball courts, spinning room, exercise room, indoor running track, weight room, and other amenities.

As you prepare to enter the fitness center, you will walk through a large space or atrium filled with natural lighting. This will house a large open area for informal meetings, gatherings, and a place to eat. Part of the plan in place for the new building includes an area for a food concession.

At this time, roofing, window, and drywall installation is underway. Additionally, wall framing, concreting the pool, and installing the gym track steel is proceeding on schedule.

This building will house: the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology or the Joint Pathology Center; Contract Management; Emergency Management; Naval Criminal Investigative Services; Base Security and Public Safety; Base Fire, Army Finance; Army Personnel; Reserve Operational Support; Operations and Readiness; Navy Personnel Support Detachment; Fitness Center; Integrated Cardiac Health Program; Naval Medical Research Center; Military Human Resources; Civilian Human Resources; Health Care Business Operations; Navy College; Army Education; Resource Management; Information Technology; Credentialing; Navy Medical Inspector General; Clinical Investigations; Nursing Research; Preventive Medicine; Navy Central HIV; Industrial Hygiene, and Tissue Bank.

As I have previously mentioned, history is being made, fueled by the Base Realignment and Closure mandate and the integration of two world renowned medical centers. Each of you are an integral part of that history. Your efforts and this project will result in a ground breaking, first of its kind, joint military medical center that will deliver world class patient and family centered care. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

I would like to thank LCDR Shannon Zahumensky and LCDR Scott Rossi for providing information for this column.

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