RQ Construction – as RQ-RBA JV – recently celebrated a LEED® Dedication Ceremony for the Design-Build Company Operations Facility (COF) at Fort Irwin, CA. The COF has been awarded LEED Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. This is the second LEED Gold building at Fort Irwin, the first being RQ’s Child Development Center, which celebrated certification in April of this year.

The new 22,000 sq. ft. COF provides administrative and supply facilities for unit personnel, and serves as the primary staging, training, and deployment center for personnel and their individualized gear. The facility features twenty-four administrative offices designed for maximum flexibility and includes private offices, shared office space, conference rooms for meetings and training, a training room, showers, and locker rooms and latrines. In addition, storage for the Company is provided through readiness bays, supply bays, storage spaces, and outside sheltered space.

LEED certification of Gold was based on the use of several techniques, including minimizing landscaping to eliminate the need for irrigation. This, as well as the use of low-flow toilets and showers, allows the facility to reduce water use by 49%. Daylighting and improved insulation contribute to the 26.3% in energy savings, providing substantial savings to the client for the life of the building. RQ also introduced sustainable practices into procurement: 31% of materials used were recycled, 26% were regional, and 88% of all wood products used were FSC Certified. In addition, 95.5% of all waste generated was diverted from landfills.

These, as well as additional features, provided the client with a facility that will save energy and preserve resources for generations to come. Thank you to the RQ-RBA JV project team for delivering another first-rate facility to our USACE Los Angeles District client.

Read the article published by the USACE Los Angeles District: Second Fort Irwin Project Achieves LEED Gold Certification