This project consisted of a renovation of, and addition to, an existing federal facility at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The existing building was a 35,830 SF facility which needed renovation and additions to support the new training program. Consisting of office space and training areas such as 20 classrooms and 12 virtual training rooms. The construction cost was $15.48M and the facility design work included design of new furniture (interior design package) and construction observation.
The facility had to meet all Federal electronic and physical security requirements, including compliance with Antiterrorism and Force Protection security standards and blast rated design and detailing. In addition, all control systems (including systems separate from an energy management control system) were planned and designed to be acquired, executed and maintained in accordance with federal cybersecurity security standards. High Performance and Sustainable Buildings (HPSB) Guiding Principles where utilized for the design and Third Party Certification was utilized to confirm the project adequately utilized Integrated Design, Commissioning in accordance with ASHRAE 189.1, optimized Energy Performance and Metering, evaluated Renewable and Clean Energy, conserved water, processed stormwater, implemented lighting and thermal comfort controls, air quality, low emitting materials and managed materials and waste. All decisions were based upon compliance with federal energy laws and were evaluated for life-cycle cost effectiveness. From the programming and planning phases through the design phase our team worked closely with the facility owners and users to develop a renovation and expansion plan to meet their needs and provide for a flexible design. The technical design team worked to marry new HVAC, electrical and structural systems with those of the existing facility, to provide for a seamless expansion. We provided technical quality control review teams and we prepared construction cost estimates for government review at each design phase.
Of particular challenge was the required construction phasing for this project. Without alternative/swing space for the facility users, the design team was tasked with ensuring that at least four (4) classrooms were accessible, operational and able to be utilized at all times. Pond-FSB proposed phased construction sequencing for the work to require the addition to be completed prior to renovating the existing classroom areas. Additionally, phasing was required for site work and re-routing of utilities to avoid disrupting service to the facility and adjacent buildings.