NAS Patuxent River leadership and project team members ceremoniously cut the ribbon Aug. 24 to officially open the installation’s newly-constructed 100,000-square foot-plus Single Enlisted Barracks. Located at the corner of Buse and Cuddihy Roads, the 73-unit facility — including four ADA rooms — will comfortably house more than 200 single Sailors, E-4 and below.
“The rooms are somewhat smaller than an apartment and are kind of set up like a university dorm room,” explained Ross Keene, Pax River housing director. “They’re a bit trendier than the former barracks and will give service members more of a ‘home’ feel.”
Individual units — which hold four Sailors — consist of two bedrooms, each with a dedicated bathroom, and a shared common living room, full kitchen and washer/dryer. In addition, the building houses three multipurpose rooms for Sailors to gather and enjoy camaraderie, large screen televisions and games, with another two reading rooms allowing them the opportunity to quietly study or browse the internet.
“Outside the barracks in the courtyard is a gazebo, seating, storage lockers, a grilling area, and an NCAA regulation sized basketball court,” Keene said.
The new construction meets Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection requirements and is a “high energy-efficient building meeting and exceeding the ‘Silver’ designation for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program,” explained Robert Cipolloni, Pax River NAVFAC Washington construction manager for the project.
The barracks implements a key part of the Installation Development Plan by moving Sailors out of current 1970s–era facilities located in the Accident Potential Zone at the end of Runway 6 where berthing is not a compatible land use, said Public Works Officer Cmdr. Grant Watanabe.
“And they’re located just across the street from our Commissary, NEX, Navy Lodge and future facilities which will make up our Town Center,” Watanabe added.
“The new barracks was designed and built to be a livable residence and the planners, architects, and construction workers have succeeded,” said Jeff Sias, N9 director at Pax River. “This is something we can all be proud of for generations to come.”
Residents are expected to begin moving into the barracks Sept. 1.