This 17-acre campus of three new buildings includes a main training and headquarters building, vehicle maintenance facility, and a storage building.
Two different types of steel frames were used. Two buildings were constructed using ‘pre-fabricated’ building systems with their own type of structural steel frames. The third and largest building used a ‘pre-fabricated’ structural frame in one half and a traditional structural steel frame in the other. The buildings shared footing systems in places, so great care was required to coordinate the location of piers for each. The Structured Plan Review was essential for working out the inherent coordination issues in advance.
High ground water was an obstacle throughout the project. The final conversion of the stormwater basins from sediment traps to infiltration basins was complicated as a result, and significant pumping operations were required to dry the ponds in preparation for conversion.
The project is part of the BRAC base closure program, which will combine the Marine Wing Support Squadron from Willow Grove Naval Air Station and Battery G artillery from West Trenton, NJ into a single Reserve Center. It was built with 74% MBE participation, 36% over our goal.
The project was completed on time and within budget.