Ben Franklin Readiness Center - Arden Hills Army Training Site

Client: Minnesota Army National Guard
Completion Date: 2015
Location: Arden Hills Army Training Site, Minnesota


Constructed in 2016 by partner LS Black Constructors, this LEED Silver-certified facility was designed to reduce operating costs while providing more efficient work flow and greater opportunity for community use. The 68,500-square-foot readiness center includes administrative offices, classroom, training simulation, assembly hall, weapons vault, locker room, unit storage and vehicle storage/maintenance bay spaces. The project has a projected energy cost of 52 cents per square foot, well below the Minnesota Army National Guard's average of $1.08 per square foot. The design provides an interior environment that physically and visually separates training and organization spaces from public areas to accommodate community use. The repetitive soaring roof forms and clerestory windows allow daylight to penetrate deep into the facility. Structural design considerations included concrete foundations, load-bearing masonry walls and structural steel roof framing, including trusses in the main lobby, assembly and maintenance areas. The design complies with UFC 4-010-01, including the evaluation of supporting structural elements for blast effects on extensive glazing systems.