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Fort Shafter's Favreau Field to transform into new soldier barracks

Architectural rendering of the exterior of the future Favreau Hall to be built on Favreau Field. Rendering provided by Nan, Inc. Architectural rendering of the exterior of the future Favreau Hall to be built on Favreau Field. Rendering provided by Nan, Inc.
Hawaiian blessing at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the future Favreau Hall Hawaiian blessing at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the future Favreau Hall

FORT SHAFTER (KHNL) - A traditional Hawaiian blessing and groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday to begin the transformation of Cpl. Arthur A. Favreau Field on Fort Shafter into a new soldiers' barracks.

The project entails constructing a six-story barracks complex on the historic field, which will house about 156 single soldiers in 78 room units.

Each room unit consists of two private bedrooms, a shared bedroom and a kitchen.  A laundry room is located on each floor.

Site work includes construction of the new barracks with central air conditioning, a 90 stall paved parking lot, concrete curbs and walks, new covered bike racks and a covered motorcycle shed.

"Since we are a nation at war, we cannot over emphasize the importance of our efforts to deliver high-quality housing for our soldiers," said Honolulu District Commander Lt. Col. Jon J. Chytka.  "This is a morale issue and we all take it very seriously."

Chytka added that the "facility presents significant challenges, especially to ensure that the new barracks is built with respect to the historic integrity of the other buildings and structures on Fort Shafter."

The project is expected to be completed on June 8, 2010.

Cpl. Arthur A. Favreau of Woonsocket, R.I. died of wounds suffered when a five-inch naval anti-aircraft shell struck his barracks at Fort Shafter and exploded in the early morning of Dec. 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Rendering provided by Nan, Inc.

Photo by Dino W. Buchanan

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