The mission of the 183d Wing at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Illinois, is to “provide highly trained and equipped Airmen ready to carry out our assigned duties, executing the federal and state missions wherever and whenever called upon.”
To carry out its mission most effectively, the 183d needed a properly-sized and configured facility to accommodate base civil engineer (BCE) functions. These functions had been scattered among seven facilities in multiple locations throughout the installation, adversely affecting cohesive operations. Three of the buildings didn’t meet Anti-Terrorism Force Protection stand-off distances, and the facilities vary in age from 15 to 60 years old, with partial renovations occurring over time to the oldest buildings.
Hanson, as part of the FSB Federal Group joint venture with Frankfurt Short Bruza (FSB) and Mott MacDonald, served as the lead firm for the construction of a BCE complex to help better house the 183d’s operations.
The project scope included the design of a new BCE building (Building 58) that will house the BCE maintenance shop requirements for administrative offices; training classrooms; a squadron commander and orderly room; structural, mechanical, electrical, pavement-equipment and utilities shops; and the mobility storage of prime base engineer emergency forces (BEEF assets). This facility will also house the emergency management function.
Hanson provided design team project management; site development; structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services; and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) third-party certification management and associated commissioning services.
The overall building will be approximately 14,500 square feet. The other building in the new complex will be approximately 9,800 square feet and will house a pavement and grounds work area, as well as a ventilated space for hazardous materials storage.
The project also includes the demolition of seven buildings, including paved surfaces and concrete roadways that are in the footprint of the new complex.
This project is designed in accordance with UFC 1-200-02, High Performance and Sustainable Building (HPSB) Requirements, as part of the Department of Defense Sustainable Buildings Policy.
The Civil Engineering and Pavements and Grounds and hazardous materials storage buildings have been registered per GBCI’s group approach — both buildings will follow the same compliance path and share a common site boundary; therefore, submission (including Army National Guard scoresheet), review and the compliance outcome are grouped. This provided an efficient approach to certifying both facilities at the same time and in the same manner.