Vandenberg Air Force Base

Vandenberg, Ca

Stronghold Engineering, Inc. served as the prime contractor for this Temporary Living Facilities design build project, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 18,200 sq. ft. project required design development and complete interior reconfiguration of a 50 year old facility. This project was the first at Vandenberg Air Force Base to include LEED criteria and energy-efficient design; LEED-certified Bronze rating was accomplished through careful planning and discussion to determine acceptable green building goals and standards.

The project created 13 1,400 sq. ft., three-bedroom, two-bath units with a living/dining area and kitchen, for use by military personnel for up to 30 days of lodging. Renovated community and service core areas included laundry and storage facilities.

Scope of work included site design, preparation and LEED building design; mold and asbestos abatement; demolition and replacement of parking and common areas; communication lines, transformer installation, fire alarm system and mechanical and electrical repairs; common area barbeque and recreational courtyard; low water usage landscaping; wood fences and gates; structural modifications; plumbing, lighting, carpentry and casework; all fixtures and interior finishes; and installation of indoor and outdoor appliances.

Energy efficient features included thermal insulation walls and ceilings, ceiling fans, Energy Star-rated appliances, Low E windows and window sunscreens.

LEED/sustainable features included CAT5 cable, improved indoor air quality, recycling and waste management, repurposed/recycled tile and non-disruption of surrounding areas. Special considerations included procurement of building materials containing recycled content, regionally manufactured products, low-emitting materials and energy-saving measures that promote the goals of sustainable design.

Due to circumstances unrelated to the project, the original construction performance period was accelerated by 23%. The project received an Outstanding Performance Evaluation for attention to detail, partnering approach and excellent quality and safety management.