Readiness Training Center

Readiness Training Center

Location: Cumming, Ga.

Client: Georgia Department of Defense

Completion Date: 2012 (estimated)

Burns & McDonnell is providing comprehensive planning, A/E design and construction support services for the new Readiness Training Center (RTC) for the Georgia Army National Guard (GA ARNG) for a site in Cumming, Ga. When complete, this $22 million project will provide a permanent center to support the 420th Signal Company, the 230th Support Company, and the 560th Battlefield Support Brigade. The new facility will enable 420 personnel to perform the necessary tasks to improve the units’ readiness posture. The RTC will provide primary facilities totaling approximately 106,400 square feet.

A design charrette began the project. Before the charrette, the A/E design team visited the site, obtained site data from the county, conducted phone interviews with the GA ARNG’s environmental consultant, researched utilities, studied the mission of the unit, reviewed the Table of Organization and Equipment document, and set the charrette agenda. The GA ARNG provided representatives from the involved units, Construction Facility Management Office, the Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection office, the Environmental Management office, and the Director of Information Management.

Local utility company respresentatives also participated in the charrette, which featured in-depth use of the criteria outlined in NG PAM 415-12, design guides DG415-1 and DG414-5 to define the building’s and site’s space and adjacency requirements. After the charrette the team presented concept level floor plans, 3-D renderings, interior plans, site layout plans, site grading plans, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) analysis, and a cost estimate.

The RTC consists of a two-story structure with approximately 102,300 square feet. The ground floor has an assembly area, storage areas, kitchen, weapons vault and building utilities. The assembly area has a high-bay ceiling with second-floor interior windows to allow viewing of the assembly area. Due to site topography, the first floor is partially below grade, so the second floor provides an at-grade main entrance. The second floor contains the entrance lobby, a 246-seat auditorium with raised seating, classrooms, administrative areas, breakrooms and physical training areas.

The building will have a standing seam metal roof and brick walls. The maintenance training building is 4,100 square feet in a single-story structure with a high-bay vehicle maintenance area, office, tool room, supply and battery storage area.

The site is relatively small, approximately 13 acres. It is graded steeply and has an elevation difference of nearly 90 feet from the front to the back. It is bounded by a state highway, a prominent creek, a local access road and future development. The site will contain 179 private vehicle parking spaces, 98 Humvee spaces, 112 large vehicle/trailer spaces, and 34 light-duty trailer spaces. The steep terrain requires to the use of retaining walls to facilitiate a terraced grading plan. There will be approximately 1,300 feet of retaining walls with a maximum height of nearly 40 feet. Approximately 130,000 cubic yards of earthwork will be required. Due to the limited site area, an underground stormwater detention system with a filter treatment system is being designed.

Cost-effective energy conservation features will be incorporated into all aspects of the design, including energy management control systems and high-efficiency motors, lighting and HVAC systems. Daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors were incorporated. The project is being designed to achieve a LEED® Silver level of certification, and LEED® certification will be obtained.