Halsey Field House, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
A General Contractor Serving Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Since 1951

2010 AGC Washington Contractor Award

Design/Build Bachelor Enlisted Quarters Renovation, Buildings 902 & 1752
Department of the Navy, Naval Support Facility, Indian Head, Maryland


A design/build, phased renovation of two occupied barracks facilities, the Buildings 902 and 1752 renovation project was designed to enhance the quality of life for the service members occupying each building. Since the barracks facility houses personnel critical to the nation's counter-terrorism efforts, the Navy assigned the project a DX priority rating, indicating that each building's prospective operations were of the "highest national defense urgency".

The John C. Grimberg Co. (Grimberg), served as prime, general, and mechanical contractor. The company upgraded the interiors of each facility (including over 200 sleeping quarters and over 100 toilet facilities), replaced all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, refurbished portions of the exterior façades, and investigated for mold and other harmful and hazardous materials.

Notable Features

The Navy required Grimberg to perform the renovation while each facility remained occupied. To ensure that the project was completed on schedule with no disruption to occupants, Grimberg instituted a comprehensive, floor-by-floor and section-by-section phased renovation plan, allowing facility occupants to relocate accordingly and without material interruption to daily activities.

With that, work on this project included the replacement of wall, floor, and ceiling finishes; doors and door frames; windows and hardware; fan coil units; dual-temperature piping; and restroom plumbing and appliances. Work also entailed the replacement of sanitary lines, vent lines, water lines, and water valves, as well as upgrades to electrical panels, circuit breakers, conduit conductors, receptacles, switches, and lighting, and extensive demolition, site work and improvements.

Grimberg installed new condensate drain lines, thermostats, controls, and dryer ventilation ducts. Furthermore, the contractor supervised all mold, lead, and asbestos abatement (without hazard to the interior air supply), as well as the comprehensive repair of the brick façade of each building.

Regarding its mold remediation in particular, Grimberg discovered substantial unforeseen mold in each building, which it had to abate and remove without harming interior air quality and without delaying the project or affecting facility occupants. This abatement requirement threatened to delay the project by several months. Accordingly, Grimberg adjusted its project schedule, re-sequenced trade work, as needed, implemented hazardous material abatement and enhanced indoor air quality plans, and abated all mold while maintaining the agreed-upon schedule.