In July 2011, the Army National Guard (ARNG) Readiness Center opened in Arlington Virginia. At eight stories, including three below grade levels, the new joint command center brings a highly innovative approach to the integration of landscape and security design resulting in a seamless mission-oriented environment. The challenge to the Army National Guard and the AECOM design team was to rethink how facilities support missions and incorporate sustainable concepts for building performance. From the onset, the team recognized the need to design not only for current needs but to anticipate future needs, recognizing that change in missions is constant. The readiness center was originally a 193,000-square foot building and parking structure to be built for $68 million. The project scope grew from 900 occupants to 1,200 occupants during AECOM’s initial programming efforts. Additional impacts to the project were discovered during the initial programming phase that included a more thorough examination of site issues, including zoning height restrictions and force protection setback requirements. The scope evolved to a 250,000-square foot building (a five-story tower and three levels below grade) and a separate parking structure for 500 cars. The project presented the AECOM team with a number of key design challenges and opportunities: accommodating 250,000 square feet of program space on a highly restricted, irregular site while preserving the natural beauty of the existing landscape, meeting highly restrictive force protection setback requirements, and creating anarchitecture worthy of the National Guard mission in the 21st century. The innovative design solution translates these restrictions into opportunities for beauty, sustainability, security and meaning to users and visitors alike, creating a compelling symbol of national resolve in the face of a complex and expanded mission. A high-performance building at every level, from systems performance to image, the readiness center sets a new standard for originality, innovation and quality of services in the National Capital region. • Innovative integration of security requirements into landscaped environment with three levels of secure space below grade • Highly integrated delivery of full building solution through collaboration of architectural and interior design disciplines; structural, mechanical and plumbing engineering with sustainable strategies evaluation at all design stages • Architectural solution projects a bold and dynamic presence that resonates with the traditional icons of the National Guard, including a modern treatment of the Guard’s symbol of the tricorn hat above the monumental stairs, the building’s signature element • Under-floor distribution of power, security and IT systems reduces floor-to-floor height • High quality materials and material detailing in interior environment transcend client and visitor expectations and perception of quality for this facility type. • The facility had a goal of achieving LEED-NC Silver certification but achieved LEED-NC Gold certification through a number of credit synergies: • An extensive green roof, the first on an ARNG facility, retains a significant portion of rainwater and reduces thermal impact to below grade spaces • LEED Innovation in design credit for exemplary performance in water use reduction, using 40 percent less potable water through the selection of high performance fixtures • LEED Innovation in design credit for LEED for Commercial Interiors, Indoor Environmental Quality 4.5, employing low-emitting materials, systems furniture and seating.
AECOM provided comprehensive interior design services, including a $28 million furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) package. The furniture portion, totaling $14 million, provided furnishings for 1,200 workstations, over 100 private offices, an auditorium, classrooms, a fitness center, and multipurpose rooms, as well as specialty furniture. The package includes signage and interior graphics, as well as $14 million in audiovisual technology, including state-of-the-art video walls.
2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award by the Structural Engineering Association of California 2011 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards, Sheeting and Shoring 2011 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards, Cast-in-Place Concrete