Armed Forces Recruiting Center

ArmedForcesArmed Forces Recruiting Center
Whitehall, Ohio – Louisville District - 2010

The Whitehall Armed Forces Reserve Center is a new building of approximately 150,272 square feet. The building program includes offices, training facilities, readiness rooms, unit storage facilities, an assembly hall and a kitchen. The project also includes recruiting offices, medical examination rooms and a weapons simulator room. Approximately 900 people will work and train in this facility. Additionally the project consists of a 5,067 square foot Vehicle Maintenance Shop, and an additional 6,549 square foot Storage Building. Scheeser Buckley Mayfield was responsible for the MEPT and Civil design for the facility. The project delivery method was design build with the A/E team participating in the project solicitation response as well as the design documentation. The project was designed to comply with federal energy conservation measures roughly equivalent to a LEED Silver energy performance. The building envelope was modeled by Scheeser Buckley Mayfield to assist in accomplishing compliance with ASHRAE 90.1-2004

Service for the three building complex was obtained from a new service drop designed to connect to the Bases’ 13.2 KV overhead distribution system. The new service drop feeds a 2500 KVA, 13.2KV to 480/277V, 3 phase, and liquid-filled, outdoor padmount transformer. This transformer supplies the Training Building’s 3000A, 480/277V Main Switchboard. Separate metered feeds were run from the Main Switchboard for electric service to Vehicle Maintenance Shop and Storage Building. The Training Building’s electrical distribution system was designed so that mechanical system equipment is on separate electrical feeds segregating it from the electrical system serving office areas. 208/120V power for the office areas are served by K13 rated step down transformers. The 208/120V distribution systems serving the office areas were designed with a 200% neutral throughout. Building lighting generally consisted of the 2’x 4’ recessed fluorescent fixtures in areas with ceilings and 1’x 4’ surface industrial fluorescent fixtures in utility areas with no ceilings. Offices and open office areas were generally lit with recessed direct/indirect lighting fixtures. Restrooms and general use spaces were lit with recessed fixtures having acrylic prismatic lenses. Lighting utilized T8 lamps, and electronic ballasts having less than 10% THD. The lighting in open office areas is controlled via a programmable lighting control system. Corridor lighting and lighting in offices having more than one occupant is controlled via ceiling mounted occupancy sensors. Lighting for individual offices is controlled via a wall mounted occupancy sensor. The design included the installation of power and telecommunication feeds for large amounts of modular office furniture. A combination analog addressable fire alarm and mass notification was designed for the Training Building and the Vehicle Maintenance Shop. A tie in with the Base’s fire alarm and mass notification was also included. The design provided a building card access/security system which ties in and interfaces with the Bases’ existing security system as well as a Cable TV distribution system. The project included the design of the telecommunication system for the three buildings. The designed covered the design of telecommunications rooms, a new telecommunications main distribution frame, wiring, and jacks.

The project included secured car and truck parking / service lots that utilized extra strength 12” high concrete curbs, reinforced concrete curbing and sidewalks, concrete filled bollards, high security barrier arm gates, and chain link security fencing to protect the buildings from vehicular assaults. The design also included standard and heavy duty asphalt pavement and concrete pavement sections. Pavement and curbing underdrain systems were utilized in conjunction with the design of the site closed storm system and stormwater management facility to extend the expected life of the pavement sections. Additional pavement design work included striping, handicap ramps, handicap signage, and concrete dumpster pad with masonry enclosure and access gate.


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