2015-08-27 / Naval Community

Groundbreaking, Literally and Figuratively

With shovels at the ready, construction will begin on Friday, Aug. 28, on a spacious $48 million, 200-room Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) facility intended for military personnel traveling through Newport. The new structure, to be located on Perry Road near Gate 1, will replace the 100- room Building 444, built in 1970 to provide temporary housing to members of the military.

The new NGIS residence, according to Public Affairs Officer Lisa Rama, is a groundbreaker for two reasons. First, it is the first of its kind financed entirely by guest revenue from the 14 Naval installations found within the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “The process for this new facility started in late 2007,” Rama said, “when a need was identified by the installation. With the lack of appropriated funding, leadership from the installation and region embarked on a new concept of using room revenue to recapitalize an aging infrastructure for our military members coming to the installation for travel and training. This concept is now used throughout the Navy.” This newest facility in Newport, Rama added, “will increase the current inventory of lodging onboard the installation, and it will be built to current Navy Gateway Inns and Suites standards in line with commercial hotels.”

And, driven by its goal to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, the new facility will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. It has also been designed to meet new NGIS standards, Rama said, to “improve the quality of life provided to our military force while here at the installation.”

Naval Station Newport is the Navy’s Center of Excellence for Officer and Senior Enlisted education and development, with more than 17,000 students passing through one of the many schools onboard the installation annually. NGIS provides lodging for official travelers of the Department of Defense on 69 locations worldwide. The program maintains facilities for average occupancy; if there is an overflow, it turns to available facilities in the local economy.

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