Benning, Georgia - For: LS3P Associates, Ltd.
Due to a Congressional funding delay,
the project proceeded one year behind schedule. Within six months (including
Government review time), we modified the standard COE design for
structures scattered throughout the 10.319 hectare site and applied state-of-the
art techniques in civil design for the $64 million construction project. As a
member of the design team, KYCA contributed to reducing the constrained budget for this
challenging project to under $40 million. The project consisted of eleven new
buildings modified from the COE-Savannah standard designs and associated
site work including demolition of numerous World War II era buildings in
an urban setting. KYCA's
responsibilities included modifying the structural designs for two types of
company operations' facilities, three types of battalion headquarters, and the
new soldier community building. Extensive structural modifications on those
buildings without compromising the intended architectural elegance. Civil
disciplines included demolition, new grading design, storm drainage, utilities,
erosion and sediment control, parking and pavement. Our design also follows the
stringent Base Beautification program implemented by the elegant
landscape design while attempting to adhere to the Force Protection Act
in the extremely limited space.
Grading - Site work for the project required
matching existing conditions for the project as well as matching the
on-going construction on adjacent parcels taking place during design.
Drainage - The site had an extensive urban type
drainage area. Storm drainage design had to interface with existing
systems as well as planned systems.
Aesthetics - In order to meet the aesthetic
requirements for the project, as much as three meters of fill was
required in many locations. Despite extensive grading, numerous trees
were saved on the project site.
Regulatory Requirements - The design met ADA requirements
at required locations though grades at the locations were often steep.
Erosion control met the State of Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation
The facilities were two story masonry
structures modified from standard COE design.
The standard design either had a large
stand alone or a medium stand alone building. However, because of space
limitations, the facilities were combined as a duplex type structure
with three different combinations of buildings: medium-medium,
medium-large and large-large.
Each facility required a reinforced
masonry arms vault.
Each structure consists of masonry load
bearing walls with open web steel joist floor construction and a light
gage metal roof truss.
Modified for three sizes from the standard
All three facilities were three stories
in height with an additional basement level for the small battalion
headquarters that were situated on steep areas.
Because this facility is for both
active and retired military personnel, ADA access had to be met.
The facilities have an elevator,
classrooms, and office space.
The cost effective structural design is
composed of steel framing with a light-gage metal truss roof.
Since no standard facility exists for
300 personnel, the Soldier Community Building involved a complete
The building is a two story,
steel-frame structure linked to the dormitories via walkways through a
The first floor of the facility
includes a large mechanical room with two boilers to serve the nearby
dormitories. Columns on the first floor span as far as 10.4 meters.
The second floor is a column free open
space for soldier's locker storage.
The roof is comprised of a series of
light gage steel trusses, spanning 17.2 meters.
The final product resulted in a clean,
efficient, cost effective structure.
The project was designed using Microstation
software and metric units. Though the team members were scattered
throughout the Southeast, ideas and data as well as plans and
specifications were exchanged instantaneously between the owners, clients and
team members via the Internet and e-mail.
A similar design at Pope Air Force Base,
NC received the 1999 Air Mobility Command Design Award.