Phipps Hall, a historical barracks built in 1928, was officially reopened on Aug. 8, after renovations.
Lt. Col. Vincent Applewhite, G-4, assistant chief of staff, cut the ribbon for the reopening ceremony.
“I’ve been waiting over two years to get to this point,” said Dariton Battle, Bachelor Housing Branch, branch head. “Thank god that we are here.”
The project, to repair and upgrade the building, included removal and disposal of old furniture, selective demolition, interior painting, installation of new flooring, ceiling fans, new room doors with card key entries and new fire doors in addition to new sprinkler and fire protection systems.
Structural and masonry repairs to an exterior stair well, modifications were made to a storm drainage system to address some flooding issues, replaced a chiller in the mechanical room, cooling tower and pumps, and a new laundry room were also added to the building.
“It was a very challenging project,” said Lt. Cmdr. Julie Meier, Naval Facilities Resident officer in charge of construction. Meier said the million dollars it took to renovate was all put to good use.
“It is the hope of the commander that we get a chance to look at all the other buildings and be able to bring them up to the same standard,” said Applewhite.