Transforming Bachelors Quarters into State-of-the-Art Apartments
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Location: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor Washington

The renovation of BQ12, originally constructed in 1974 on NAS Whidbey Island, supported the Navy’s efforts to attract and retain high-caliber personnel by providing comfortable housing comparable to current civilian market standards. The 76,255 square foot complex consists of four, three-story housing units organized around a central courtyard and a 3,758 square foot common area that contains a laundry, office, lounge, and kitchenette/vending areas.

The project upgraded the facility to comply with current UFC and building codes as well as meet the Navy’s bachelor housing design standards (UFC-4-721-10). Structural building modifications included seismic upgrade, progressive collapse avoidance, and structural modifications needed to accommodate architectural, mechanical, fire protection, and electrical requirements.

The renovation of the units incorporated features commonly found in any apartment, including a full kitchen, laundry facilities, a dining room, and built-in closets. The improved circulation flow completely changed the ambience of the units from a temporary sleeping facility to a livable home.  The commons was repurposed into a full-fledged entertainment facility creating a fun and enjoyable meeting space for the entire complex and the once barren courtyard has been transformed into an outdoor living area with covered shelters, barbecue stations, and new landscaping using local native plants and trees.

The BQ12 renovation transformed a dated inefficient housing complex into state-of-the-art apartments that meet military anti-terrorism standards, are on track for LEED Silver certification, and have set the standard for future housing at NAS Whidbey Island.  In redeveloping this existing facility, the Navy greatly reduced the carbon footprint new construction creates, eliminated a great majority of demolition waste, and maintained a facility that is already a fixture within the context of the naval station.