LCDR Otis Vincent Tolbert Joint Intelligence Operations Center

LCDR Otis Vincent Tolbert Joint Intelligence Operations Center

Location: MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

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

Completion Date: Design: 2007; Construction: 2009

The LCDR Otis Vincent Tolbert Joint Intelligence Operations Center features more than 270,000 square feet of administrative and specialized space for the collection, processing, generation and storage of classified intelligence data. The entire facility is constructed as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), meeting the requirements of DCID 6/9. It houses additional Special Access Programs (SAP) areas within the SCIF.

The predominant architectural styles at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) are the Florida coastal and international styles. The aesthetic approach and the inspirational basis for the design character of the complex create a common architectural vocabulary that echoes elements of each style represented in the complex's design in varied ways, some unique to this project. All features or elements expressed, however, are compatible with the goals and objectives of the MacDill AFB Architectural Compatibility Plan. The building has earned two design awards: the Air Mobility Command Design Award and the Air Force Merit Award for Concept Design.

The Joint Intelligence Center is a unique building on the base. It is one of few four-story structures and the only one that is an integral part of a half-million-plus-square-foot facility including the eventual USCENTCOM renovation and addition. Exterior wall construction of the Joint Intelligence Center consists of insulated architectural precast concrete panels dominated by punched windows spaced evenly on the first three floors. Contrasting color accents above each window match a recessed, contrasting color wainscot at the first floor. The subtle recess provides a distinctive base at the ground plane, and its extended height below first-floor level serves as a cover for the foundation wall and for distinguishing this level from the upper stories. Subtle vertical and prominent horizontal rustication joints provide relief and order to the exterior wall plane. In a bow to the influence of the international style, the top floor has ribbon windows to the greatest extent possible. Above these fourth-story windows, a projected cornice visually lowers the roof edge and provides detail and shadow at the wall plane.

The project includes approximately 1,200 standard and specialized workstations and private offices as part of the project’s comprehensive interior design. Workstation power and communication cabling is routed under raised flooring throughout the building. The raised flooring serves as the HVAC supply plenum with the return air plenum in the ceiling.

Specialized technology includes NIPRNET, SIPRNET and JWICS networks to each workstation. In addition, many agency networks are available in select locations. The network and server design accommodate the DoDIIS Trusted Workstation being rolled out. The design accommodates all physical separation requirements for cabling and components.

Audio-visual (A-V) technologies and components include secure video conferencing with remote staging and monitoring at a central location. The conferencing center A-V systems will allow multiple configurations of the space to accommodate simultaneous private conferences. The Fusion Center has command center-type functionality.

The facility was designed to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver level of certification. The pre-existing stormwater retention pond was constructed in the mid-1980s to detain and treat runoff from property adjacent to the USCENTCOM complex and was not in compliance with current regulations. Since the new facilities were designed for stormwater to be routed to this pond, the pond had to be significantly expanded. The area required to obtain these volumes encroached upon a planned memorial and expansions to existing buildings that had to be closely coordinated. The result is a new pond with a fountain that accents the memorial and adjacent landscaping.

Specialized spaces include:

  • A 250-person fixed-seating conferencing center for classified briefings
  • Regional joint training facility comprising numerous training and collaboration rooms
  • 12 secure conference rooms and eight dedicated video teleconferencing rooms
  • Large command and officer suites
  • More than 16,000 square feet of server space to accommodate the Regional Intelligence Information Service Center, DSA Regional Service Center, Network Operations Center, Systems Test Beds, Imagery Analysis Area and Fusion Center