Location: Danbury, CT
Michael Baker International served as the designer of record to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, for 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. Located on an approximately 17-acre site, the complex consists of a new 96,231-square-foot, two-story training center, an 18,116-square-foot vehicle maintenance shop, a 3,082-square-foot unheated storage building, and a covered wash rack in a campus setting. The training center houses an assembly hall, administrative areas, kitchen, locker room facilities, armory, and classrooms. Its design utilized a site-cast, tilt-up, concrete load-bearing primary wall system. All buildings include complete interior furniture and finishes and audio visual and telecommunications systems and meet antiterrorism and force protection standards. Site improvements included utilities, parking areas, circulation roadways, fencing, and pedestrian pathways. The design team used building information modeling (BIM) for the training center and vehicle maintenance shop buildings, which enabled the contractor to reduce discovery of conflicts in the field and resulted in reduced requests for information, faster construction, and less rework. Additionally, the project achieved LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council by using strategies to improve energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of natural resources.