CAMP CARROLL, Korea –
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District and Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Korea held a soft opening ceremony for a new warehouse at Camp Carroll, Daegu, Republic of Korea, Jun. 4.
Construction began in March 2019 to modernize DLA Distribution and increase its capabilities. The state-of-the-art two-story, 250,000-square-foot warehouse was designed in-house by Far East District engineers.
“Today, this warehouse stands as one of the many examples of the strong collaborative efforts between our ROK partners and the Far East District in creating innovative, world-class facilities in support of the forces stationed here and throughout the peninsula,” said Col. Christopher Crary, Far East District commander, during the facility’s soft opening ceremony.
“Among the first facilities we constructed on Camp Carroll were warehouses built in the 60’s. DLA has been using those very warehouses for nearly two decades. We’re honored to have been part of the original warehouse construction sixty years ago; and, today, we’re pleased to deliver a brand-new warehouse that will continue the legacy of the earlier warehouses.”
While the original 1960s-era warehouse had two loading dock doors, the new warehouse is equipped with 10, greatly increasing the volume of content that trucks can load and unload at the new facility.
The building and interiors are also designed to be Energy and Environment Design Silver Certifiable. LEED certification is an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED rating systems as created and maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council. To earn the LEED Silver rating, the buildings feature energy-efficient lighting and equipment with motion and occupancy sensors, natural light, rainwater harvesting, recycled and local materials, green roofs, photovoltaic roof panels, maximized solar orientation and increased levels of insulation.
“Due to COVID-19, unexpectedly difficult situations occurred, such as the suspension of projects at USFK bases across the peninsula, but we are coping with difficulties through solid trust and partnership between the Republic of Korea and the United States,” said Col. Pak Gyeong-min, Chief of U.S. Forces Korea Construction Management Team, Ministry of National Defense Defense Intelligence Agency.
The modern warehouse is critical for DLA Distribution to continue to fulfill mission requirements to provide faster, more efficient and more economical service in support of U.S. armed forces operations in the Korean peninsula.
USACE Far East District is the premier engineering, design, and construction agent for all DoD agencies in the Republic of Korea. Since its inception, the Far East District has played a critical role in the security and stability of the region and in strengthening the alliance between the US and the ROK. As such, it also fulfills a unique mission; the only “maneuver” district within USACE, FED must always be prepared for war, even while building for peace on the Korean peninsula. The Far East District is responsible for executing a multi-billion-dollar program, the largest construction program managed by the U.S. Army.