Charles Luke Milam Dormitory

Naval Station Everett

FSi was the mechanical engineer for the new Charles Luke Milam dormitory at the Everett Naval Station. The $61 million, 161,000 sf complex provides service men and women with comfortable living quarters in a facility that minimizes environmental impact.

The new facility received a higher LEED rating than any previous Navy building, and was the first Navy bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) to achieve LEED Gold certification. The design exceeded the Navy’s goal of LEED Certified, within the original project budget and schedule. FSi made a significant contribution to the project’s LEED certification and efficient performance with design of energy efficient HVAC and controls systems, and water-saving plumbing. FSi also provided energy modeling and support for LEED submittals. Our post-occupancy measurement and verification of the actual energy use confirmed it was within 5% of our model’s prediction. Notable sustainable features of the building include:

  • 28% reduction in energy use
  • 31% overall reduction in potable water
  • 50% reduction of potable water used for irrigation
  • 70% renewable energy sources for electricity
  • 20% of building materials are recycled
  • 98% of the on-site construction waste was re-used or recycled

The shore-side facility was built with materials able to withstand the salt-spray environment (not to mention the seagulls!) on Puget Sound. It is designed to tolerate up to 2 inches of differential settlement on site due to organic fill that is still decomposing. We designed mechanical systems to fit within the lower-height, lower-volume building. The design also meets Anti-Terrorism Force Protection standards.

The project has been recognized for quality design, service, and sustainability, receiving awards including:

  • Engineering Excellence Silver Award for Meeting and Exceeding Owner Needs, ACEC Washington
  • Design Excellence Gold Medal, Small Business Category, SAME
  • Best Public Project, Design Build Institute NW Region, Excellence in Design Build
  • LEED Gold Certification, US Green Building Council
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