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A design-build team comprising professionals from KMA Architecture & Engineering and Straub Construction Inc. has begun work on a Marine Corps Infantry Training Center at Camp Pendleton.

When completed in fall, the $10 million project will be one of the first on the Marine Corps base to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification under the rating system for sustainable buildings administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

"Because LEED certified buildings are relatively new to Camp Pendleton, the addition of these sustainable buildings is an exciting project for KMA to take on," said Don Blair, president of KMA. "These sustainable features will help to conserve resources, minimize energy and water consumption, and improve occupant productivity, health and comfort."

Sustainable design features of the two-story building include photovoltaic solar panels that will reduce energy costs by more than 12 percent and water efficient plumbing fixtures and drought-tolerant landscaping, which will reduce irrigation needs by 50 percent.

The building also will incorporate energy-efficient skylights and insulated exterior windows to bring in natural light. All wood-based materials will be certified and adhesives, paints, coatings and composite wood products will be low-VOC. The project also earned LEED points by designating reserved parking for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Straub will implement a construction waste management plan to recycle or divert 75 percent of construction waste from the landfill.

The KMA project team is comprised of Don Blair, John Hilgeman, Alison Warren and Rey Zumarraga. Civil engineering services will be provided by Berg Engineering. DS Engineering will serve as the mechanical engineer, MPE Consulting is the electrical engineer and SMR Consulting Group will provide structural engineering services. K. Killman Design is the interior designer and Crescere Design will serve as the landscape architect.

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