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14 October 2014

Air Force Technical Applications Center Wins National Design-Build Award

AFTAC Exterior

The Design-Build Institute of America recently honored the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) with a National Award of Merit for civic buildings.

The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility at Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Fla., that is dedicated to monitoring nuclear activity and compliance around the world.

The Design-Build Institute of America’s National Award of Merit for civic buildings recently recognized AFTAC for achieving cost, schedule and quality goals through design-build best practices. As lead designer of the project, HOK collaborated with Hensel Phelps and BRPH, the architect of record, to design and deliver a world-class, five-building complex and meet high standards for quality and security.

AFTAC_Entry CroppedThe $158-million project was designed for LEED Silver certification and finished eight months ahead of the contractually mandated 24-month schedule. Using buildingSMART® principles and building information modeling (BIM) to optimize efficiencies and collaboration, HOK led the design and production process, overseeing the work of more than 190 team members, including 21 engineering firms, 14 specialty discipline firms and several subcontractors.

Located on a 17-acre site, the facility operates 24/7 and year-round. The primary structure is a 276,000-sq.-ft., four-story command and control building that contains a Class 100 clean room, office space for 1,500 people, conference rooms and a 255-seat auditorium. Adjacent to the main building is a radiochemistry lab with a Class 10,000 clean room that houses highly sensitive equipment. Other project components include a logistics and maintenance warehouse, a central utility plant with an uninterrupted power supply and a five-story parking structure.

HOK’s laboratory designers helped the team deliver a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory that passed strict room leakage and pressure decay tests. Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) security zones were established throughout the complex and feature specific physical, acoustic, visual, access and electronic controls to accommodate the storage and processing of information at various levels of government classification, including Secret and Top Secret.

The facility is designed to withstand 140 mph winds and 13.5-foot storm surges. It also meets Department of Defense Antiterrorism/Force Protection standards. Built on sand with ground-floor walls designed to break away in a flood, the structures can absorb the shock of a bomb blast or collapse progressively to limit damage.