Japan Engineer District Commander Col. Thomas J. Verell Jr. watches the Temporary Living Facility ribbon-cutting on Camp Hansen, Okinawa. (Photo Credit: Martin Taylor)
Japan Engineer District Commander Col. Thomas J. Verell Jr. watches the Temporary Living Facility ribbon-cutting on Camp Hansen, Okinawa. (Photo Credit: Martin Taylor)

Verell attends Camp Hansen Inns of the Corps Ribbon Cutting

by Martin Taylor
U.S. Army

On August 19, Japan Engineer District Commander Col. Thomas J. Verell Jr., attend the ribbon cutting of the new Temporary Living Facility on Camp Hansen. The notice to proceed with construction was issued on November 3, 2016, and the contract completion date was May 1, 2019. 

The new Inns of the Corps replaced an existing TLF with a larger and more modern facility. The 27,581 square feet two story reinforced concrete facility contains 26 standard rooms, 10 extended-stay guest rooms, reception area, business center, administration offices and housekeeping support functions. "The facility is an example of the Japan Engineer District's continued commitment to the Service members and families in Okinawa and Japan," said Verell. "As the design and construction agent for all U.S forces in Japan we are proud to deliver 21st century facilities to our Marine Corps partners in the Pacific.

The new facility has received the U.S. government's validation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for compliance with the LEED New Construction Version 2009 Reference Guide to be minimum LEED Silver certifiable. All LEED prerequisites for this project were met. The project earned 51 points that comply with the LEEDv2009 Reference Guide, and has achieved a LEED Silver rating. Some of the accomplishments of the project in accordance with LEEDv2009 Reference Guide include; Optimized Energy performance, Enhanced refrigerant management, Water efficient landscaping, and low mercury lighting.

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