Papago Park Readiness Center - Phase II

Client: Arizona Army National Guard (ARNG)
Completion Date: 2014
Location: Phoenix


Building the success of Phase I of this readiness center complex, Burns & McDonnell served as the designer of record for this new design-build 62,000-square-foot readiness center in support of the Arizona Army National Guard's 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. Burns & McDonnell was responsible for all design development and charrettes; design review meetings, contract document drawings and specifications; submittal and shop drawing review; periodic site inspection; RFI review; and punchlist and closeout activities.

Sustainable Design

The facility is designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards and provides cost-effective energy-conserving mechanical and electrical equipment, prewired workstations and emergency power generator back-up. An on-site photovoltaic system is estimated to generate 60,000 kwh of electricity, exceeding the State of Arizona Executive Order 2005-05 requirement to provide at least 10 percent of energy from a renewable resource.

Energy savings are projected at a 40 percent improvement over the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline. Water efficiency sustainable features include using established landscaping, eliminating the need for a permanent irrigation system. Water savings are projected to exceed 50 percent over baseline calculations.

Strategies to promote good indoor air quality (IAQ) include a no smoking policy and outside air ventilation rates above ASHRAE 62.1-2007 minimums with automatic controls and reduction of indoor pollutants. IAQ management during construction and before occupancy reduced air quality problems resulting from the construction process. Pollutant source control, increased air filtration and the use of low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, carpeting and composite wood products contribute to a healthier indoor environment. Occupant comfort is maintained through efficient system design and verification, with the greatest number of individual temperature controls possible. Natural daylighting reduces lighting loads and improves the interior environment, and task lighting at the workstation controls allows light levels based on individual needs.

Budget Adherence

As design progressed from concept to interim and then final, Burns & McDonnell worked closely with the design-build contractor and subcontractors to maintain design and costs within budget. These efforts included selection of cost-effective, durable materials for the facility and working with local and county officials on utility and road construction requirements.


  • Design charrette
  • 1390/1391 program validation
  • Programming
  • Site investigation
  • Topographic survey
  • Geotechnical investigation
  • Plans and specifications
  • Cost estimates
  • Design
  • Interior design
  • Value engineering
  • Permitting
  • Shop drawing review
  • Field consultation
  • Construction inspection
  • Building information modeling
  • Sustainable design
  • Anti-terrorism/force protection (ATFP) compliance
  • Energy modeling
  • Life cycle cost analysis


Because the design-build RFP did not adequately capture the operational requirements of the unit, Burns & McDonnell collaborated to revise the floor plan and re-site the building. Our knowledge of ARNG criteria allowed us to provide a much more functional facility with consideration for growth and changing mission requirements.

The facility includes open office and private administrative spaces; classrooms; combat simulation room; assembly hall; secure communications space; secure arms vault; kitchen; private and unit gear storage areas; locker and shower areas; training and education spaces; individual and group equipment storage; and a weapons vault. The new facility also has approximately 2,000 square feet of sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) space, meeting all ICD/ICS 705 standards.

Site Development

Sitework included clearing, site preparation, roadways, access roads, parking areas, walkways, and utilities. Flexible pavement was used for the roadways and permanent parking areas. Supporting facilities include military and private vehicle parking areas; security fencing and lighting; ATFP measures; and a telecommunications system incorporating mass notification in accordance with ATFP criteria. Burns & McDonnell designed the project to meet all requirements of UFC 4-010-01, Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings, including site standoff distances and blast resistant window assemblies.