The first phase of the Unaccompanied Housing Renovation Project of Building 822 was completed July 25 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville.
Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting, marking the official completion of the C wing of the facility.
“This has been a tremendous effort by all involved,” Connor said.
“All of the hard work put into this project shows our dedication to the improvement of the quality of life of our unaccompanied Sailors who live at NAS Jacksonville.”
The renovation included exterior painting, selected floor finish replacements, plumbing repairs and major upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
“The first renovation started in 2017,” said Rosalind Holmes, front desk supervisor at unaccompanied housing. “It’s been ongoing since then. They’ve redone the air conditioning, carpet, tile and many other upgrades in the barracks.”
The continuing project is being managed by John Barnard, civil engineer at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Public Works Department (PWD); Roberto Santos, engineering tech at NAVFAC PWD; and Sandra Shelton, contract specialist at NAVFAC.
NAS Jax Sailors began moving into the newly renovated barracks Aug. 1.
Beverly Nix, NAS Jax Unaccompanied Housing manager, is excited for the improvement to the barracks.
“The upgrades to Building 822 will enhance the quality of life of the residents,” Nix said.
As with any high-usage housing facility, periodic upgrades were required to improve the living conditions in each individual room as well as improve operating efficiencies of heating ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
“These were mainly upgrades,” said Holmes. “We have to maintain the building to preserve its life.”
The total project costs for all four phases is approximately $13.5 million, with the first phase costing approximately $7.2 million.
The project is broken up into four phases. The remaining four phases will be completed by December 2019.