USSOCOM Headquarters Expansion

USSOCOM Headquarters Expansion

Location: MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

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

Completion Date: 2010 (Est.)

Burns & McDonnell is preparing design-build RFPs and design bridging documents to expand the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. The expansion is being phased into three projects programmed in the fiscal year 2007 and 2008 FY-07 and FY-08 military construction (MILCON) program.

When complete, these projects will enable USSOCOM to expand its role in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) to include developing an operational capability and increasing its management responsibilities.

FY07 Center for Special Operations (CSO)
This CSO facility will allow USSOCOM to increase Special Operations Forces command and control, battle staff and the forward presence required to initiate and pursue the GWOT. It will be a new 96,000-square-foot sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) housing a state-of-the-art command and control center with space to support administrative, intelligence, operations, planning and numerous special purpose functions.

The command and control center includes the Joint Operations Center (JOC) and Interagency Task Force (IATF) Operations Center. The JOC and the IATF are similar and contain a large media wall, a fully-integrated secure Battle Bridge for SOCOM command/leadership with several video teleconferencing (VTC) systems, an open floor design for a large staff, perimeter walled offices and planning/breakout rooms, and dedicated computer and local area network (LAN) rooms and supporting red-black data networks.

The JOC maintains 24-hour operations, seven days per week and includes adequate storage space, break rooms, toilet rooms, showers and lockers to support its staff. The entire facility is supported by a dedicated uninterruptible power supply. The facility also includes numerous conference rooms, VTC rooms, briefing rooms and planning rooms built to the highest security standards. The project also includes construction of a loading dock and receiving area, landscaping, site improvements, vehicle parking, and utilities and infrastructure. Site work includes new utilities and upgrades to the perimeter antiterrorism and force protection (ATFP) barriers and checkpoints.

FY08 Special Operations Forces Acquisition Center (SOFAC)
This new 110,000-square-foot facility will consolidate all functions associated with USSOCOM’s acquisition and logistics operations and the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Intelligence and Information Systems.

Functional areas include open and private administrative office, computer and electronics laboratories, SCIF areas to support secure communications and computer servers, conference rooms, large meeting rooms and multiperson workstation areas. Additionally, public access space will be provided for contractors with no security clearance to engage in the bid process.

This space will include toilet rooms, a break room, a large conference room, a reception/waiting area and several small conference rooms. Also included is the construction of a loading dock and receiving area, landscaping, site improvements, 400-space vehicle parking and underground utilities.

Additional Facilities
The FY08 parking structure includes a 204,000-square-foot multistory structure to support parking for 600 vehicles. This multilevel parking structure will provide secure parking for SOCOM personnel within the SOCOM complex and provide an increased level of protection for vital equipment in the event of a storm surge (e.g., hurricane) event.

All projects are being designed to be compatible with the existing USSOCOM facilities and the MacDill Air Force Base architectural compatibility program and will integrate Department of Defense and specialized USSOCOM ATFP requirements. Architecture will emphasize horizontal proportions, combine historic features with exposed skeletal frame, utilize rectangular elements, develop strong relationships between buildings and exterior spaces, and articulate building facades to create areas of shade and shadow.

Total program cost with equipment and furnishings is approximately $120 million. Preparation of the RFPs for these projects was completed in April 2007.