Location: Danbury, Connecticut
Michael Baker International was the designer of record for the design-build delivery of a new 1,000-member Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) for the U.S. Army Reserve and the Connecticut National Guard on an approximately 17-acre site located near Danbury and Newtown, Ct. The complex consists of a new 96,231-square-foot, two-story training center, and 18,116-square-foot vehicle maintenance shop, a 3,082-square-foot unheated storage building, and covered wash rack in a campus setting. Site improvements included: extending utilities to the site and distributing to buildings; providing parking areas, circulation roadways, fencing and pedestrian pathways; as well as maintaining setbacks for antiterrorism and force protection; and positive surface water drainage from building pad areas and pavements.
The hilly topography of the site presented many challenges, which were successfully resolved with very efficient layouts, underground stormwater detention systems, and segmented retaining wall systems. This project was designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility was designed using strategies aimed at improvement in energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of natural resources. The project is 30-plus percent more energy efficient than comparable buildings. Designed to reduce water use by 40 percent or greater, the project also utilizes landscaping that does not require potable water use or irrigation.
To encourage alternative transportation, the facility features designated hybrid and low-emitting vehicle parking spots and bicycle storage with changing rooms. To encourage a healthy indoor atmosphere, all finishes, paints, wood products, and sealants were selected based on their chemically low-emitting nature. Finally, large areas of vegetated open space on the site encourage biodiversity.