Construction Notebook


March 30, 2012


Naval building now ready for move-in

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego architectural firms RJC Architects and Joseph Wong Design Associates, in a team with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, announced that the new $67 million LEED Gold certified John William Finn Hall -- a nearly 200,000-square-foot dormitory consisting of 264 room modules to house more than 1,000 sailors -- is now complete and move-in ready.

Located on Naval Base Coronado, the project is part of the Navyís Homeport Ashore initiative designed to improve the quality of life for young, single sailors by giving them a place to live ashore while their ships are in port.

In addition to the dormitories, the facilities include a community center and multipurpose rooms with commanding views of downtown San Diego and the Silver Strand, as well as a mess hall and many recreational areas for the sailors to both relax and exercise -- including basketball and volleyball courts and a running track with workout stations.

According to James Robbins, principal of RJC Architects, the glass, concrete and steel facility is LEED-Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The building features many efficient, sustainable features to provide a 30 percent reduction in energy and a 40 percent reduction in water usage,” he said.

John W. Finn, for whom the building has been named, was a San Diegan, the oldest living Congressional Medal of Honor winner and the last living recipient who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor at the time of his death in 2010.

This project was awarded by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Division to Hensel Phelps Construction in 2009.

Architecture was provided as a joint venture between RJC Architects and Joseph Wong Design Associates.

The project ó completed ahead of schedule and under budget — was funded by “stimulus funds” through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

RSI Roofing signs contract for apartment project

RSI Roofing of San Diego has signed a contract with RA Snyder to re-roof the North Bonita Racquet Club Apartments located in Bonita.

RSI will be installing a white reflective GAF Single-Ply TPO over seven buildings covering 40,000 square feet which also includes Boral Concrete S-Tile over 48 mansards covering 5,000 square feet.

Along with the buildings, RSI will be installing tan GAF Single-Ply TPO over 10 carports covering 16,000 square feet.

"This project in particular is unique because there is a considerable amount of wood replacement and constant tenant traffic," said David Susi, president of RSI.


March 30, 2012