New North Tipalao homes near completion
SANTA RITA - Families of enlisted service members looking for housing will soon have 26 new homes to choose from on U.S. Naval Base Guam.
The units at North Tipalao make up a construction project that Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas expects to complete in October.
Lt. Cmdr. David Hubble, NAVFAC Marianas director of Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division, said NAVFAC Marianas designed, developed and executed the project.
“I’m very proud to be a part of this,” Hubble said. “I’ve been here a year so it’s been neat to see the project grow and progress. In my time here they started with just the slabs and everything that you see here is basically what we’ve got in a year’s time period, so it’s very satisfying.”
The units follow a duplex layout with three or four bedrooms, and feature a wide range of amenities as insulated walls and ceiling are designed to keep in cold air, a garage, and generator hook-up.
These homes will also introduce natural lighting into the rooms and have wide space for living comfort. In keeping with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, the units offer energy-efficient appliances that include air conditioning, and a washer and dryer. Solar panels will help lessen electrical consumption and additional solar panels will heat water.
“We’re finishing up rollup doors,” Hubble said. “We’re seeding the grass, doing some landscaping, fixing the nicks on the doors and blemishes on the walls from construction efforts, just tidying up a little bit, and getting prepared for punch-out inspections and pre-finals at this stage.”
Contractors with Fed-Con, a joint venture between Watts Constructors and Bulltrack Construction Co., have been working on the project since March 2012.