Project Description

Project Details

Description Defense
Operations, Headquarters, & Support Facilities
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Structural Engineering
HVAC/Mechanical Engineering
Interior Design
Location Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Client NAVFAC Southeast
Size 25,146 SF
Delivery Method Design-Bid-Build
Construction Value $5.2M


Richard C. Hammett, AIA, LEED AP

Building M-207 Rehabilitation, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Constructed as a Marine barracks in 1941, Guantanamo Bay’s Building M-207 needed to be rehabilitated and repurposed into an administration facility. NAVFAC called upon RS&H to help with the design and construction administration services for the renovation of this facility. Repurposing this building would reduce overall operation and maintenance costs by allowing the public works office to consolidate staff into one administrative office building.

The RS&H design team provided design for demolishing 12 buildings and prepared a plan for shifting occupants into the renovated facility. Throughout the design, RS&H incorporated sustainable design elements in order to achieve as many LEED credits as possible for this remove location. While the project was not registered with the USGBC, a LEED AP was an integral part of the design team, and a LEED checklist was completed. An energy model using Carrier Hourly Analysis Program (HAP) showed a 23 percent energy savings over an ASHRAE 90.1 baseline building.

Due to the remoteness of the site and high-security nature, there were inherent challenges with designing a renovation project at Guantanamo. RS&H was not only able to schedule professional staff onsite within NAVFAC’s tight schedule for the project, but also able to couple the trip with other active projects at Guantanamo, thus reducing NAVFAC’s overall costs.