Bentonville Armed Forces Reserve Center

Bentonville Armed Forces Reserve Center

Location: Bentonville, Ark.

Client: Arkansas Army National Guard

Completion Date: 2011

Burns & McDonnell provided comprehensive A-E services for the new 109,957-square-foot Armed Forces Reserve Center for the Arkansas Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. Many of the spaces are separated so the National Guard and the Army Reserves have individualized and secure spaces for the execution of their missions. Several common use spaces are shared between the two groups' personnel.

This project included three buildings: the primary administration and operations facility, an unheated storage building and a maintenance training building. Necessary site work was completed, along with roadways, parking, utility and other infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate construction.

Burns & McDonnell used Revit 3-D software to develop the construction documents. The use of this software enables both the designers and the clients to understand how the project will be constructed and how it will look when complete. The project was executed using the state's Alternative Delivery method and was bid at 65% design completion. The Burns & McDonnell design team worked with the selected contractor to complete the design and execute the best value solutions for the project.

  • Comprehensive A/E services

The facility design:

  • Implemented and met criteria for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits to obtain LEED Silver certification under the LEED for New Construction version 2.2. It was self-certified.
  • Incorporates energy conservation through the use of efficient wall and roof insulation systems, as well as electrical and mechanical systems designed for both part load weekday occupancy and full occupancy on active weekends.
  • Promotes low maintenance by utilizing durable materials for construction.
  • Integrates anti-terrorism force protection measures that comply with Department of Defense Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings.

Specialized areas and features:

  • Design charrette
  • Parametric estimate at each stage of design
  • Value engineering

Building and architecture:

  • Local materials
  • Office spaces
  • Assembly hall
  • Conference rooms
  • Communication center
  • Utility rooms
  • Lobby
  • Restrooms


  • NG PAM 415-12
  • ARNG DG 415-1
  • ARNG DG 415-5
  • ATFP measures
  • Energy policy

Special systems:

  • VTC
  • Intrusion detection system
  • Mass notification system
  • Site improvements
  • 40 percent energy savings
  • Sustainable design