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Fallbrook's Straub Construction completes Pendleton's new Force Intelligence Operation Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony which unveiled the newly designed Force Intelligence Operations Center (FIOC) took place at the 16 Area helicopter landing zone on Camp Pendleton, June 23. The building contractor for the project was Straub Construction Inc., based in Fallbrook.

The project cost $46.7 million to create and will serve as a training facility for Marines attached to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. The new training facility earned a gold rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council website, LEED is a third-party certification program and is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED recognizes projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance and do so by giving facilities a rating of bronze, silver or gold upon completion.

“The amount of time that was spent on this building really shows when you walk through the halls,” said Navy Cmdr. Rafael Lim, officer in charge of construction, Public Works Office, Camp Pendleton. “I am very impressed with the detail and design that went into all portions of this facility.”

The training center features multiple amenities such as functional high-bay areas, counter-intelligence, martial arts and academic classrooms, a language lab and a 50-foot rappel tower to train Marines in helicopter operations.

“The key to our success has everything to do with the good communication amongst the contractor and the base’s (Regional Office in Charge of Construction),” said Richard Straub, CEO, Straub Construction, Inc. “When I get the opportunity to work with the Marine Corps, I can always expect to have the most professional and diligent workers on my team.”

The FIOC has taken an estimated 142,095 man-hours to complete and will be able to accommodate more than 2,000 Marines for training purposes.

“There is no better feeling than giving back to those Marines who provide us with the safety and comfort of our freedom. This is the least I can do,” said Straub.

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