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Warrior in Transition Complex Achieves LEED Silver


kpb architects and PCL Construction take pleasure in announcing that the Ft. Wainwright Warrior in Transition Complex (FTW350) has received confirmation from the U.S. Green Building Council of LEED® Certification at the Silver Level.

With its ribbon cutting ceremony held on the premises at Fort Wainwright on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012, Lt. Colonel Jason Benefield, Commander, Warrior Transition Battalion-Alaska and Colonel George N. Appenzeller, Commander, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity (Alaska) welcomed guests and base personnel on a tour of the newest sustainable facility on Alaska’s military installations. 

With a score of 36 total points of the required 32 points to achieve Silver Level in areas of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design process, the Warrior in Transition Complex is a thoughtfully designed and constructed series of buildings that house the Company Headquarters, Soldier and Family Assistance Center and a 32-bed Barracks Building.  LEED® Silver was achieved by reducing air infiltration using a Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) wall system, building on a previously developed site, high performance mechanical heating systems, reduction in water usage, and maintaining open space on the site,

“This facility is a wonderful achievement in sustainable design for the Alaska District,” said Project Manager Lauri Strauss, AIA, LEED® AP BD&C, kpb architects.  “Our work with the Corps, PCL Construction, and all the sub-contractors we teamed with has resulted in a project that not only gives back to the soldiers who have given so much of themselves for our country, but also gives back to the environment of Alaska.  By employing systems, materials and methodology that are sustainable, cost-efficient and aesthetically pleasing, we have delivered a project that lives up to the ideals we espouse in design.” 

“Working with kpb architects and the Corps for the Warrior in Transition Complex was a wonderful experience, said Construction Project Manager Kaz Robertson, PCL Construction.  “We were able to make use of all opportunities on this site to provide the resources that will support and honor the American soldiers returning from war and provide housing, job training and a comfortable space for service families to reconnect.”

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