Camden Armed Forces Reserve Center

Camden Armed Forces Reserve Center

Location: Camden, Ark.

Client: Arkansas Army National Guard

Completion Date: 2011

Burns & McDonnell provided comprehensive Type A and B design services and Type C construction services for the 32,420-square-foot Armed Forces Reserve Center for use by the Arkansas Army National Guard and the Army Reserves in Camden, Ark.

This addition/alteration project included the renovation of the single-story existing brick armory (18,234 square feet) and a new single-story addition (9,154 square feet), along with a standalone unheated storage building (3,696 square feet) and maintenance training building (1,336 square feet).

The addition was designed to match the exterior design features of the existing building and primarily supports the Army Reserves but also includes four classrooms for shared use. The existing armory renovations included reconfiguring office areas; converting a live-fire range to a weapons simulator; adding a lay-in ceiling and air conditioning to the assembly hall; and upgrading energy efficiency systems including new lighting, communications systems and HVAC systems.

Work also included site work, roadways, parking, utility and other infrastructure improvements necessary to accommodate construction.

  • Comprehensive Type A and B design services
  • Type C construction services

The design team strategically sized the addition during the initial design charrette so that it would be less than half the size of the existing facility, eliminating the Department of Defense requirement to perform costly anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP) upgrades to the existing facility. Best practices for meeting ATFP criteria were applied to the existing facility, such as providing setbacks to all parking and access drives, but overall this design strategy was able to provide significant savings for what was programmed as a potential cost impact.

Design was completed in January 2010 and construction was complete in summer 2011. The construction cost limitation was $8.6 million, but careful and efficient planning brought in a final estimate of $6.7 million. The construction contract award was made at $3.7 million.

The facility design implements and meets criteria for U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits to obtain LEED Silver certification under the LEED for New Construction version 2.2. The project is self-certified. Key sustainability strategies included:

  • Building reuse, maintaining 95 percent of existing armory walls, floors and roof
  • A high-efficiency variable refrigerant flow heating and cooling system for existing and new facilities
  • Replacement of existing lighting with high-efficiency fixtures
  • Multiple gas-fired instantaneous heaters for showers to reduce heating of stored water