Site of New Marine Fitness Center Blessed

Site of New Marine Fitness Center Blessed
Image by NAVFAC
HAWAII–Kahu Curt Kekuna of Kawaiahao Church led a blessing ceremony July 18 for a .5 million physical fitness center at Camp H.M. Smith, Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii, that will support over 2,000 military and civilian personnel living and working on the Marine base which houses the headquarters of the United States Pacific Command and Fleet Marine Forces Pacific. In addition to the Kahu, Col. Brent Wilson, Marine Corps Forces Pacific Headquarters and Service Batallion commanding officer; David Ott, AMEC vice president of operations; and Llyod Arakaki, Architects Hawaii, Inc. principle architect; spoke at the event. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii awarded the project to Nan-AMEC joint venture in June 2011 to construct the 29,826 square-foot low-rise fitness facility that is expected to attain Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold certification upon completion in June 2013.

The contract also includes repairs and improvements to an existing athletic field at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where natural turf will be replaced with an artificial turf surface which will reduce maintenance and water usage costs.

Photo by Thomas Obungen, NAVFAC Hawaii Public Affairs

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