- Readiness Center & Armory
Burns & McDonnell provided comprehensive architecture and engineering services for the design of a readiness center and armory as the designer of record to a design-build firm.
The building's solar panels were designed to produce as much solar energy as it consumes annually, creating a net zero facility for most periods — the exception being drill weekends and during annual training activities or mobilization preparation.
Sited on the Florence Military Reservation, an existing installation about an hour southeast of Phoenix, the project was funded by Air National Guard Military Construction. The center serves Arizona's Army National Guard's engineering units, including well drilling, rock quarry, heavy equipment company and an infantry company. It features common-use areas and exclusive use space for each unit. The building architecture is sensitive to other buildings on the site and will incorporate similar construction, such as standing-seam metal roofing.
The 76,000-square-foot building includes maintenance bays, administrative space, classrooms, simulation rooms, an assembly hall, kitchen and physical fitness rooms with locker areas. The project also included constructing a 16,000-square-yard secured military parking area with an access drive, a 6,500-square-yard public parking area and an unheated storage building. Interior spaces include a large high-ceiling roof assembly hall/multipurpose room, training rooms, recruiting office, family readiness center, open and private office work spaces, a physical fitness area, a vehicle maintenance training work bay, an unheated storage warehouse, and other support areas.
Site work included asphalt parking areas, concrete pavements for military vehicles and trucks, truck fueling stands, vehicle wash racks, site utilities, security fencing and extensive landscaping.
- Design charrette
- 1390/1391 preparation
- Parametric estimates
- Value engineering
- Architectural design
- Engineering design
- Sustainability features
- Special system design
- Site improvements
The project was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
Energy savings exceed 50 percent. Water savings exceed 40 percent. An extensive lighting control system governs the LED lighting, and highly efficient super T8 light fixtures are tied into the building automated control system.
A solar evacuated tube type water heater provides domestic hot water. A high efficiency gas-fired domestic water heater serves as a back-up when the solar water heater cannot provide adequate capacity.
The direct digital controls (DDC) and other energy systems can be monitored and controlled from DEMA's energy manager's office. The energy management and control system (EMCS) includes: utility monitoring, lighting control, HVAC equipment control, and specialized equipment control and monitoring. An anti-terrorism/force protection (ATFP) emergency shutdown switch can shut down all air-moving devices and operates through the DDC.
Exterior lighting in the motor pool is provided with auto selector switches. In the auto mode, the lighting is controlled by photocells and motion sensors with vandal-resistant lenses. It maintains the minimum level of lighting at 0.25 foot-candles.
Interior lighting is provided by low mercury, 80+ CRI grade T8 and or T5/T5HO with a color temperature of 4100 K. Dimmable fixtures are used in conference rooms. To comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and to assist with the LEED New Construction 2009 Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1, the total building lighting power density is designed to meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1 by 30 percent through a combination of high efficient lighting fixtures, lamps and ballast.
LED lighting fixtures are used in circulation corridors where fixtures are typically on during normal business hours. With a 50,000-hour service life, the lamps will last more than a decade without replacement. Other advantages of LED fixtures include lower energy cost, lower heat gain to the space, and dimmability.
- Local materials
- Office spaces
- Assembly hall
- Conference rooms
- Communication center
- Utility rooms
- Anti-terrorism/force protection measures
- Intrusion detection system
- Mass notification system