McMurdo Station Infrastructure Modernization

Location: Antarctica

In support of the redevelopment of McMurdo Station and to a smaller degree, Palmer Station, the National Science Foundation requested Charrettes to solicit input and ultimately, consensus, from end users of the Stations, including grantees and other key stakeholders, as we begin design. The information gathered in an intense-month long series of Charrettes in Washington D.C. and in Denver, Colorado.  The effort was critical to ensuring that the true requirements were incorporated into the design of the $600 million redevelopment of the entire station’s facilities and infrastructure into a more compact, sustainable and energy efficient footprint.. 
The primary mission of the United States Antarctic Program is to support science, so understanding the needs of the scientific and other customers’ needs was paramount.  Michael Baker’s personnel followed a structured agenda outlining the type of information needed and in an orderly manner from the broadest and most general down to the smallest and most specific details.
The information gathered by Michael Baker and other subconsultants was incorporated into the recently completed McMurdo Master Plan and site layout, generating a road map for the long-range development of the campus.  Further, Michael Baker assisted in integrating the findings to refine schematic facility plans, as well as refining the designs to improve site related operational efficiencies and proximities; marine and aviation access; vehicular movement; an account for wind patterns, topography, site drainage, solar exposures, and views .. 
Michael Baker assisted with developing imporved facility blocking diagrams for development into floor plans, and our specialized communications expertise was brought to bear on developing sound IT and communications strategies. 
Because so many considerations have been discussed and resolved with regard to siting, we are able to focus with you on the issues of operational, spatial, and adjacency requirements in addition to infrastructure requirements to support your operations or equipment.  The better our design teams understand those requirements, the better the design.
Upon conclusion of the charrette sessions, a Michael Baker provided inputs for Lockheed’s Charrette Report, which included documentation of the Charrette as well as sketches and lists of required equipment and adjacencies. This Charrette Report was sent to the NSF and all stakeholders for review and comment and ultimately became the part of the Basis of Design for the facilities. 

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