Department of Defense Clearinghouse Response: DoD Clearinghouse Response to a letter from the BRAC Commission regarding Submarine Base New London, CT. Page: 4 of 28
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* We have not seen the FEMA study. According to base engineers, only one area of
SUBASE Kings Bay required soil stabilization during initial base construction. This
area is not located where any planned future construction would occur. Waterfront
structures are accounted for being on piles.
* Based on unit cost factors, we do not believe the construction costs would be 20%
higher, and thus the additional cost of $30 million should not be factored into the
The DoD proposal also showed a shortfall in BEQ military construction funding. Kings
Bay BEQ and messing capability improvements were not priced appropriately. The Navy
identified 311 available beds at Kings Bay with new construction planned for 1,375 beds,
for a total of 1,686 beds.
However, the requirements based on New London's actual BEQ population are much
higher. The Submarine School alone requires 1,500 beds, with one third of other
requirements at 633 beds, .for a total 2,233 required beds. That amounts to a shortfall of
547 beds. When those beds are multiplied by the Navy average of $37,000/bed, it totals
$20 million in unaccounted-for funding.
* A source is not provided for the 311 bed excess capacity reported by the Community.
* SUBASE Kings Bay's certified response indicated it required 286,000 square feet of
Bachelor Enlisted Quarters based on following calculations:
* SUBASE Kings Bay reported 495 bed excess capacity
* Total Student population transferring = 1519
* Total non-Student enlisted population transferring = 1043
* Requirement based on housing all 1519 students, 112 enlisted staff, and 200 El-
E3 (20% of non-Student enlisted population)
* Total requirement to house = 1831 enlisted personnel
* Total requirement less excess capacity = 1336
* Total of 151 one-person room and 612 two-person rooms at 370 sq feet each
equates to 282,310 sq feet
* An additional 3600 square feet for kitchen spaces arrives at a grand total of
285,910 square feet required (rounded to 286,000 square feet)
* Note: there was a mathematical error in the Community's response, with 1500 plus
633 = 2133 beds vice 2233 beds.
* The additional cost of $20 million should not be factored into the COBRA analysis.
The data calls report between 150 and 200 vacant Navy housing units at Kings Bay.
However, we estimate that the proposed transfer of submarine crews and their
dependents to Kings Bay will require the provision of at least an additional 800 DoD
living units, at a current cost of about $100,000 per unit, or a one time cost of $80
* The DON recommendation assumes no family housing units will be constructed,
consistent with DON housing policies. Based on the number of units available and
the ability of the community to provide housing, there is no basis for additional Navy
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United States. Department of Defense. Department of Defense Clearinghouse Response: DoD Clearinghouse Response to a letter from the BRAC Commission regarding Submarine Base New London, CT., letter, August 30, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc23409/m1/4/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.