RQ Construction celebrated the Grand Opening of the Navy Lodge Coronado – the largest Navy Lodge in the world – on January 25th, 2012. The $31M facility is the premier Navy Lodge of the west coast, and provides high-quality temporary lodging facilities to accommodate active, reserve duty, and retired military personnel. The Spanish/Mediterranean exterior character of the new lodge compliments the existing adjacent lodge and other historic buildings on Base. This Architectural style provides a grand sense of arrival for visitors with a welcoming porte-cochere and fountain at the entry. Similar in function to a hotel, the 146,479 square foot Lodge offers online reservations, family accommodations, business services, guest laundry facilities, internet access, disabled accessibility, fully equipped kitchenettes, and on-site parking.

RQ provided both design and construction services, utilizing Building Information Modeling to manage risk, cost, and schedule of the project most effectively. Samuel Kaplan, Design Project Manager with NAVFAC SW, remarked of the team, “RQ Construction worked with NEXCOM and NAVFAC to evolve the completed design within schedule and budget. Hospitality projects require an exorbitant amount of patience and understanding – of the Operator, and their operations and goals – during the Design process. This Design Team has risen to that level. The Navy Lodge at Coronado is the Flagship Lodge in NEXCOM’s organization. RQ Construction has provided the required design expertise, thus resulting in this most successful project.”

The grand opening featured remarks from RDML Robert J. Bianchi, CAPT Yancy Lindsey, and Michael Bockelman, and was closed out with a ribbon cutting. After the ceremony, the 150 guests were invited to attend an open house in the 2,000 square foot hotel lobby area, which maximizes natural daylight and views with expansive two-story glazing, and a living room / lounge area that invites guests to congregate and enjoy welcoming views of the courtyard facing the pool and ocean.

From there, tours were held to show the attendees features of the new facilities. All 205 rooms include balconies as well as modernized interiors, with 144 of the rooms providing kitchenettes to the guests. Additional highlights of the tour included the pool with water splash pad and jets, a 2,730 square foot roof deck with panoramic ocean view, a fitness facility with a variety of cardiovascular machines and weight-lifting equipment, café area that accommodates 40 guests, and retail gift shop.

George Rogers, CEO of RQ, commented, “A retired colonel sitting in the lobby found out I was the CEO of the design/builder of the lodge. He told me that in his world travels, he had never seen nor stayed in a Navy Lodge that resembled this great facility. This says better than anything else, that the teamwork between RQ, NEXCOM, and NAVFAC caused such a great facility to be designed, financed, and built. I could not have been prouder of our team that made this happen.”

Now fully operational, the Navy Lodge is projected to achieve USGBC LEED Silver certification through the use of highly efficient mechanical systems, low flow fixtures, and reuse of concrete from the demolition portion of the project. On-site and off-site recycling was utilized during construction for asphalt, concrete, dirt, metal, wood, and other materials. Bicycle racks and changing rooms are available, as well as parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles. In addition, the adhesives/sealants, paints/coatings, and carpets are low-emitting materials. Energy Management and Control Systems and occupancy sensors are incorporated throughout the project, helping to significantly reduce the amount of energy used by the facility.

A LEED AP from RQ directed the LEED efforts, which also allowed RQ to offer additional sustainable design features that were not required by the RFP. RQ also partnered with the owner to include water and energy conservation options within each room, offering guests the option of reusing their linens rather than having them laundered multiple times. RQ will be conducting a Thermal Comfort survey to ensure guests are comfortable with the Indoor Environmental Quality.