USSOCOM Headquarters Expansion

Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Completion Date: 2010
Location: MacDill Air Force Base, Florida


Burns & McDonnell prepared design-build RFPs and design bridging documents to expand the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. The expansion was phased into three projects programmed in the fiscal year 2007 and 2008 FY-07 and FY-08 military construction (MILCON) program.

These projects enabled USSOCOM to expand its role in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) to include developing an operational capability and increasing its management responsibilities.


Center for Special Operations (CSO)
This CSO facility allows USSOCOM to increase Special Operations Forces command and control, battle staff and the forward presence required to initiate and pursue the GWOT. It is a 96,000-square-foot sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) housing a state-of-the-art command and control center with space to support administrative, intelligence, operations, planning and numerous special purpose functions. The command and control center includes the Joint Operations Center (JOC) and Interagency Task Force (IATF) Operations Center. The JOC and the IATF are similar and contain a large media wall, a fully-integrated secure Battle Bridge for SOCOM command/leadership with several video teleconferencing (VTC) systems, an open floor design for a large staff, perimeter walled offices and planning/breakout rooms, and dedicated computer and local area network (LAN) rooms and supporting red-black data networks.

The JOC maintains 24-hour operations, seven days per week and includes adequate storage space, break rooms, toilet rooms, showers and lockers to support its staff. The entire facility is supported by a dedicated uninterruptible power supply. The facility also includes numerous conference rooms, VTC rooms, briefing rooms and planning rooms built to the highest security standards. The project also includes construction of a loading dock and receiving area, landscaping, site improvements, vehicle parking, and utilities and infrastructure. Site work includes new utilities and upgrades to the perimeter antiterrorism and force protection (ATFP) barriers and checkpoints.

Special Operations Forces Acquisition Center (SOFAC)
This 110,000-square-foot facility consolidates all functions associated with USSOCOM’s acquisition and logistics operations and the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Intelligence and Information Systems. Functional areas include open and private administrative office, computer and electronics laboratories, SCIF areas to support secure communications and computer servers, conference rooms, large meeting rooms and multiperson workstation areas. This space will include toilet rooms, a break room, a large conference room, a reception/waiting area and several small conference rooms. Also included is the construction of a loading dock and receiving area, landscaping, site improvements, 400-space vehicle parking and underground utilities.

Operational Support Facility
Structural design considerations for a central utility plant for the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) headquarters facilities included auger cast grout piles and reinforced concrete foundations, load-bearing walls, and elevated floor and roof framing. Blast effects analysis and design for project-specific threat scenarios were also incorporated due to the mission-essential nature of the functions to be housed within the building.

Additional Facilities
The parking structure includes a 204,000-square-foot multistory structure to support parking for 600 vehicles. This multilevel parking structure provides secure parking for SOCOM personnel within the SOCOM complex and an increased level of protection for vital equipment in the event of a storm. All projects were designed to be compatible with the existing USSOCOM facilities and the MacDill Air Force Base architectural compatibility program and integrate Department of Defense and specialized USSOCOM ATFP requirements. Architecture emphasizes horizontal proportions, combine historic features with exposed skeletal frame, utilize rectangular elements, develop strong relationships between buildings and exterior spaces, and articulate building facades to create areas of shade and shadow.