|Design-Build Project of the Year Award|
This award is presented for a major design/build project completed within the past year within the New York metropolitan area. Entities eligible for the award include engineers, owners and/or contractors.
2012 Recipient:Fort Hamilton Armed Forces Reserve Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Louisville and New York Districts
The Pike Company
di Domenico + Partners
This design-build project, procured by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, consists of a new 123,000 sf Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC), a Maintenance Training Building, multiple storage sheds, a truck wash, parking, and all associated site and utility work at the US Army Garrison in Fort Hamilton New York. The facilities are located on a nine-acre site within the Base, housing the Army Reserve, Army National Guard and the Army Recruiting Command. These multi-use facilities serve as a regional headquarters and training/learning center and consist of classrooms, weapons vaults, weapons simulator room, assembly area, kitchen, logistics/supply rooms, and maintenance bays. In addition to providing work stations for full time military staff, the facilities will provide a location for 475 soldiers to drill, three weekends a month.The design objective was to establish a commonality between the five new buildings and existing structures located on the Base. The AFRC building is a three-story steel framed structure with a hybrid lateral system utilizing a combination of shear walls and moment frames. The Maintenance Training Building is a one-story, bi-level, bearing wall structure used to demonstrate techniques used to service military vehicles. The exterior envelope of both the AFRC Building and Maintenance Training Building consist of precast concrete panels with integral insulation and keyed in face brick. The unheated storage buildings have a corrugated metal wall panel façade that is part of a pre-engineered system.
As the Prime Contractor, The Pike Company was responsible for construction and project management; Dewberry served as the lead designer responsible for engineering services and overall design management; and di Domenico + Partners provided architectural services. Through close collaboration and partnering between the design-build team and the USACE Louisville & New York Districts, the team was able to overcome many challenges including:
As recently stated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from the lobby of the AFRC building "…Fort Hamilton's greatest strength lies in its ability to serve as the central national security hub for federal agencies in New York City…". This statement is in line with the goals of this project, to provide functional and modern facilities that revitalize this historic military garrison and greatly increase its capabilities to support New York City and the surrounding areas. The USACE, The Pike Company, Dewberry and di Domenico + Partners met and exceeded all requirements and expectations while maintaining an excellent working relationship leading to the successful completion of the Fort Hamilton Armed Forces Reserve Center.
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