Location: Fort Eustis, VA
As designer of record, Michael Baker International provided architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture for the design-build of a new headquarters for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The new 263, 670-square-foot, state-of-the-art headquarters building provides high-quality, commercial-style office space, and a sensitive compartmented information facility for approximately 1,260 employees of the Army Command operations. The building represents one of only four permanent headquarters locations for the Army’s four-star generals. The primary façade of the headquarters building comprises alternating horizontal precast bands of modular brick tile and continuously projected architectural concrete lintels and sills above and below anodized aluminum ribbon windows with reflective tinted blue glazing. The focal point of the building occurs at the main entry, composed of a large multi-level glass tower, positioned at the inside plane transition of the building footprint and flanked with a series of layered precast planes progressively reduced in scale from the lowest to the highest floor level. The facility meets antiterrorism and force protection setback requirements while providing prominent views of the facility, and is designed to meet LEED® Silver Criteria. The overall site layout embraces the surroundings and works harmoniously to create a highly visible, aesthetically pleasing, and functional site plan by relating to the adjacent open spaces. Michael Baker and its sub-consultants used Revit, state-of-the-art building information modeling software, which provided an integrated design among all disciplines and identified any potential conflicts during the design phase.