Macon Readiness Center

Client: Georgia Department of Defense, for the Georgia Army National Guard
Completion Date: 2014
Location: Macon, Ga.


Burns & McDonnell was selected by the Georgia Department of Defense to provide comprehensive planning, A-E design and construction support services for the new Macon Readiness Center in support of the Georgia Army National Guard (GA ARNG) in Macon, Georgia. This $13.4 million project provides a permanent readiness and training center to support the headquarters of the 48th Brigade Combat Team, elements of the 48th Brigade Special Troops Battalion and 148th Brigade Support Battalion. The new facility permits approximately 335 personnel to improve the units' readiness posture. It provides primary facilities totaling approximately 56,000 square feet.

The facility consists of a two-story, L-shaped building. The first floor is approximately 28,500 square feet and includes an entry lobby, 182- seat auditorium, classrooms, unit administration areas, restrooms, break rooms and building utility areas. The second floor is used primarily for unit administration, classrooms and command group areas as well as restrooms, break room and building utility areas. The National Guard Recruiting Office, Retention Office, and Family Support Office are accessible from the main entry and located adjacent to the lobby. The lobby has barrel-vaulted high ceilings and clerestory windows. Clear clerestory windows are provided over second-level administrative areas and the command group area. Cost-effective energy conservation features are incorporated into all aspects of the design and energy management control systems. The project will seek LEED Silver certification.


  • Planning
  • A-E design
  • Construction support
  • FF&E package preparation


Design Charrette

A design charrette was conducted, preceded by a design team site visit, utilities research, unit mission research, and review of the MTO&E manning and equipment document. The guard provided representatives from the using units, Construction Facility Management Office, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) office and Director of Information Management. The charrette featured in-depth use of the criteria outlined in NG PAM 415-12 and design guides DG415-1 and DG414-5 to define the building and site's space and adjacency requirements. At the conclusion of the charrette, the A-E team presented concept level floor plans, 3-D renderings, interior plans, site layout plans, site grading plans, LEED analysis and a cost estimate.

Technology Description

The technology design includes secure classified computer rooms (SPIRNET) and unclassified computer rooms (NIPRNET). A radio frequency identification (RFID) system was implemented with connection to an Echo RFID truck antenna and a movement tracking system (MTS) antenna to provide capability to monitor vehicle movements throughout the Southeast. Closed-circuit television (CCTV), an access control system (ACS) and intrusion detection system (IDS) were incorporated into the security network of the building. The CCTV system covers all access points and security fencing and uses technology to transport video and control information throughout the network. The IDS restricts access to secure areas of the facility and alerts authorities to intruders and unwanted access.

An 802.110-based wireless network is incorporated into the overall network to provide building-wide coverage. Access points are placed to maximize not only coverage, but to address capacity throughout the facility. The information technology (IT) infrastructure was designed to meet the requirements specified by the Army National Guard, Unified Facilities Criteria, and I3A Technical Guide.

Coordination with the GA ARNG's IT specialist was necessary to accommodate and meet the IT capabilities required for the building. The telecom provider distributed and provided the telecom lines to the project site. The facility required a minimum of 200 pairs of copper and 24 single-mode fiber optic cables to meet the demand usage of the building.

The facility contains an emergency notification system with control panels throughout the building. The system is capable of providing real-time information via prerecorded messages, tones and live-voice transmissions to all building occupants and to personnel outside the building during emergency situations. The system is designed to include strobes throughout the building to provide a visual indication of an emergency condition to hearing-impaired personnel.