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2013 SAME Award

RQ-Berg is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the 2013 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) San Diego Post Project of Excellence in the Energy and Infrastructure category for the design-build P982M Facility Energy Improvements at MCAS Miramar, CA. This yearly SAME awards program recognizes “outstanding project contributions and leadership by its local members in supporting the mission of the United States Armed Forces in the planning, design and construction of regional military projects.”

The Facility Energy Improvements project involved the design and construction of a new metering station and base interconnecting electrical distribution line that connected an existing power transfer station with a methane-fueled power plant. Approximately 7,000 overhead medium voltage and fiber optic lines and 14,000 underground medium voltage and fiber optic lines will supply 3 MW of power to the base. A 1,500 sqft Metering Building and over 50 vaults support line maintenance. A SCADA / UCS system allows electrical equipment to communicate with the base should there be any issues in the lines or equipment. This renewable energy source helps to preserve our natural resources by decreasing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the air and the bases’ dependence on non-renewable resources like coal and gas. Because this source continually renews itself as trash breaks down, it is estimated that the landfill will produce adequate amounts of methane gas to power 50% of MCAS Miramar’s energy needs for at least 15 years.

The contract included many sustainable elements, including a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, which was enhanced at the later stages of the project to provide construction of a rock-lined channel to prevent soil erosion. In addition, natural lighting was used in the metering station through the use of glass block units at selected wall locations, reducing the amount of energy used by lighting. Any interior fixtures consisted of energy-saving lamps and ballasts, and all finishes contained low quantities of Volatile Organic Compounds. Lastly, recycled asphalt was used for the parking areas.

RQ-Berg – a joint venture between RQ and Escondido-based Bergelectric – served as the design-build contractor on this project, managing the collaborative effort of our subconsultant team. Thank you and congratulations to the project team for your commitment to RQ’s Mission and for delivering this outstanding project.