Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) Minister of National Defense Yen Ming led a
flag-raising ceremony Monday to mark the rebasing of the Cabinet-level
agency at its new compound in Taipei's Dazhi area following a delay of
nearly two decades.
President Ma Ying-jeou is slated to attend an official
ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new compound Dec. 27.
Along with the Air Force Command Headquarters, the Navy Command
Headquarters and the Hengshan Military Command Center, the new
Ministry of National Defense compound is the latest addition to the
nation's armed forces facility in Dazhi.
Constructed at a cost of NT$15.8 billion (US$516.5 million), the
sprawling 19.5-hectare complex houses office buildings, dormitories
and other facilities including a post office, barber shops, a
conference hall and a sports center to provide comprehensive
services and amenities to the 3,000 military personnel stationed
Since the Republic of China government's relocation to Taiwan in
1949, the Defense Ministry has always relied on other military
branches or the Presidential Office to house its offices. In order to
ensure command effectiveness in both peace and war, plans to build a
new compound in Dazhi began in 1997.
The ministry, however, explained that due to a variety of reasons
ranging from the sudden death of the compound's original architect and
the bankruptcy of the project's original contractor -- the now-defunct
state-run RPTI International Ltd. -- the compound's construction has
been delayed ever since.
The compound features a variety of eco-friendly features including
stone walls and aluminum and low-emissivity glass exterior panels to
help keep it cool in summer. To reduce peak-hour energy
consumption, central air conditioning is provided by an ice storage
system, where ice is produced at night to provide cooling during the
(By Claudia Liu and Ted Chen)