By UTCN Joseph Maddox, NMCB 133 Public Affairs
NMCB 133 Seabees pose for a photo after completion of the Yurt Village Bathhouse project for the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch, before heading back to Gulfport, Miss. These Seabees supported the Innovative Readiness Training program, which provides training and readiness for military personnel while addressing the needs of underserved American communities. (U.S. Navy photo/150920-N-ZZ999)
Eighteen Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 deployed to Granby, Colorado, in support of the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program to construct a Yurt Village Bathhouse for the YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch.
The IRT program is managed by the Department of Defense, and provides training and readiness for military personnel while addressing the needs of underserved American communities. Through the program, Det Colorado refined their project management and construction skills while providing high-quality construction of an eight-room bathhouse for the non-profit YMCA. The bathhouse will provide toilets, bathtubs and showers for YMCA guests.
“The Det finished the project on time and with zero safety mishaps,” said crew member Builder 2nd Class Amoise Matthew. “This provides valuable opportunities for those who want to work in their rate, knowing the probability of seeing this work again.”
NMCB 133 was tasked with completing all mechanical, electrical, architectural and finish work associated with the IRT YMCA Bathhouse Project. Over the course of five weeks, these Seabees produced quality construction while maintaining safe work habits, and were highly appreciated by the YMCA community.
BU3 Joshua Johnson, NMCB 133, uses a caulk gun to edge windows during the construction of the Yurt Village Bathhouse project for the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch. U.S. Navy photo/150920-N-ZZ999
The Yurt Village Bathhouse Project spanned 36 days and expended 280 man days for a total of 2,240 man hours.
“The IRT YMCA Yurt Village Bathhouse project was a great opportunity for the Seabees to develop construction and project management skills that they can take into deployment and future projects,” said Ens. Lauren Grounds, Det Colorado officer in charge. “The outstanding performance of Det Colorado is due to the crew’s excellent team work and dedication.”
Det Colorado was involved in many aspects of the bathhouse finish work, including installation of insulation and filling all cavities and joints with fiberglass insulation. The crew also spent time training on proper procedures for installing drywall. The crew worked under the tutelage of Steelworker 3rd Class Moises Vargas, a drywall installer prior to joining the Navy, gaining useful skills for future Seabee projects.
CE2 Felton Randel, NMCB 133, cuts inserts out of sheet metal vents for the exterior of the Yurt Village Bathhouse project for the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch. (U.S. Navy photo/150920-N-ZZ999)
After the drywall was installed, work shifted to the concrete floor of the bathhouse, which was to be finished with an acid stain. Once complete, the crew installed fiberglass-reinforced panels. Lastly, construction electricians and utilitiesmen worked to finish all electrical and mechanical tasking. All electrical work was supervised by Construction Electrician 2nd Class Felton Randal with Construction Electricians Constructionmen Brian Terrazas and Mayra Gamez following his lead.
“We installed electrical hardware throughout the bathhouse including motion sensor switches, ground-fault circuit interrupters, and light fixtures over all sinks and on ceilings, along with six outdoor LED light fixtures,” said Randal. “Starting off in the mechanical room, the crew installed all the water heaters. Once all the water heaters were in place, crew members ran the exhaust and vents up into the attic and through the exterior of the building.
SW3 Moises Vagas (left) touches up drywall finish while BU3lson, both assigned to NMCB 133, assists him by holding a high-powered portable work lamp. U.S. Navy photo/150920-N-ZZ999
“Once complete, the copper piping installation began with the pressure vacuum breaker. Copper piping was then run at a slope toward the entrance of the mechanical room,” Randal continued. “While installing the copper piping, the crew ensured sufficient bracing and proper slope. After dry fitting, copper joints were hit with solder and then water tested.”
Striving for excellence throughout the project, the Seabees raised the bar for all deployable battalions.