- Readiness Training Center
Burns & McDonnell provided comprehensive planning, A/E design and construction support services for the Readiness Training Center (RTC) for the Georgia Army National Guard (GA ARNG) for a site in Cumming, Georgia. The project provides a permanent center to support the 420th Signal Company, the 230th Support Company, and the 560th Battlefield Support Brigade. The facility enables 420 personnel to perform the necessary tasks to improve the units’ readiness posture. The RTC provides primary facilities totaling approximately 106,400 square feet.
A design charrette began the project. Before the charrette, the A/E design team visited the site, obtained site data from the county, conducted phone interviews with the GA ARNG’s environmental consultant, researched utilities, studied the mission of the unit, reviewed the Table of Organization and Equipment document, and set the charrette agenda. The GA ARNG provided representatives from the involved units, Construction Facility Management Office, the Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection office, the Environmental Management office, and the Director of Information Management.
Local utility company respresentatives also participated in the charrette, which featured in-depth use of the criteria outlined in NG PAM 415-12, design guides DG415-1 and DG414-5 to define the building’s and site’s space and adjacency requirements. After the charrette the team presented concept level floor plans, 3-D renderings, interior plans, site layout plans, site grading plans, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) analysis, and a cost estimate.
The RTC consists of a two-story structure with approximately 102,300 square feet. The ground floor has an assembly area, storage areas, kitchen, weapons vault and building utilities. The assembly area has a high-bay ceiling with second-floor interior windows to allow viewing of the assembly area. Due to site topography, the first floor is partially below grade, so the second floor provides an at-grade main entrance. The second floor contains the entrance lobby, a 246-seat auditorium with raised seating, classrooms, administrative areas, breakrooms and physical training areas.
The building has a standing seam metal roof and brick walls. The maintenance training building is 4,100 square feet in a single-story structure with a high-bay vehicle maintenance area, office, tool room, supply and battery storage area.
The site is relatively small, approximately 13 acres. It is graded steeply and has an elevation difference of nearly 90 feet from the front to the back. It is bounded by a state highway, a prominent creek, a local access road and future development. The site has 179 private vehicle parking spaces, 98 Humvee spaces, 112 large vehicle/trailer spaces, and 34 light-duty trailer spaces. The steep terrain requires the use of retaining walls to facilitate a terraced grading plan. There are approximately 1,300 feet of retaining walls with a maximum height of nearly 40 feet. Approximately 130,000 cubic yards of earthwork was required. Due to the limited site area, an underground stormwater detention system with a filter treatment system was designed.
Cost-effective energy conservation features were incorporated into all aspects of the design, including energy management control systems and high-efficiency motors, lighting and HVAC systems. Daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors were incorporated. The project was designed to achieve a LEED® Silver level of certification.
The facility design also incorporated blast effects analysis and design of exterior elements, including glazing, since the site does not provide the applicable conventional construction standoff distance to parking and roadways.