Battlespace Environment Laboratory

Battlespace Environment Laboratory

Location: Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District

Completion Date: 2010

Burns & McDonnell is providing design-build services for a new two-story Battlespace Environment Laboratory facility needed to relocate the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Battlespace Environment Laboratory (BEL) from Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) and to consolidate all AFRL Space Vehicles activities at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico.

The 145,000-square-foot facility will primarily contain laboratory and administration space for research, analysis, engineering, engineering support and management. The design of the laboratory and engineering spaces will support required science and technology for high-vacuum environments, environmental/calibration, chemistry and mass spectrometry, computer modeling, processing of space data, space operations, remote sensing and quantum computing. 

  • Planning and programming charrettes
  • Building information model (BIM) design
  • LEED®-required building commissioning services
  • Topographic surveys
  • Comprehensive structural interior design (SID)/certified interior decorator (CID)/furniture, fixtures and equipment (FFE) design services
  • Permitting
  • Anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) analyses
  • Audio-visual planning, programming and design
  • 24/7/365 operations areas, including the Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) Lab and Lab Advanced Responsive Tactically Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer (ARTEMIS) Lab
  • Building systems designed to provide 95 percent vibration isolation for frequencies from 1 to 100 Hz spectral range and elimination of footfall induced vibrations
  • Two large Class 10,000 clean room environments
  • Numerous labs and conference areas requiring compliance with sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) requirements as mandated by Director of Central Intelligence Directives (DCID) 6/9
  • Approximately 250 standard and specialized workstations, incorporating power and NIPR and SIPR communications
  • More than 75 offices and four branch suites for administrative functions incorporating high-end finishes and furniture and state-of-the-art library containing classified storage and over 15,000 lineal feet of stacks
  • Air-to-air heat exchangers provide energy recovery of laboratory general exhaust
  • High-efficiency condensing-type boilers and premium efficiency air cooled chillers
  • Energy-efficient masonry and exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) building envelope with low-e glazing and durable, low-maintenance exterior and interior finishes
  • Low-flow laboratory exhaust hoods
  • New 12 MVA substation and exterior electrical distribution system
  • Secondary electrical distribution system to include UPS, emergency generator and 110 A, 225 A and 400 A busways in each lab
  • Building support systems including wet-pipe fire protection systems, back-up power to server areas, uninterruptible power supply to server areas, public address system, mass notification systems, closed-circuit television systems, and intrusion detection and security site improvements consisting of roads, drives, parking, sidewalks and landscaping
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certified registered project