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Pennsylvania Air National Guard Combined Communications Operations and Training Facility

New facility fully supports training mission while lowering operating costs and improving safety.
  • Sidewalk leading to an entrance in the center of the multi-level building - Gannett Fleming.

    The new facility replaces WWII-era wooden buildings with inadequate fire and life safety protection.

  • Side view of the facility constructed of fiber cement panels, corrugated metal siding, and a blue standing seam metal roof - Gannett Fleming.

    The safe and modern facility provides offices, classrooms, and training spaces for three squadrons.

  • Closer view of the center portion of the building and the entrance to the fitness area - Gannett Fleming.

    The ICF walls and blast resistant windows and doors meet the military’s anti-terrorism and force protection requirements.

  • View of the building in the distance with an open grassy area in the foreground - Gannett Fleming.

    The site was carefully planned to allow for the future construction of two additional buildings.

  • Interior view of a high bay space with windows designed to accommodate fitness equipment and activities - Gannett Fleming.

    Fitness center provides space for workouts and required PT testing for all base personnel.

  • Large, multipurpose training space with wall-mounted A/V equipment and operable partitions - Gannett Fleming.

    Classroom spaces with A/V capabilities and operable partitions adapt to meet various training needs.

Pennsylvania Air National Guard

Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania

Our Role
Architecture, Structural, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical.

20,052 sq. ft.
Construction Cost
$7 million
New Construction
4 years
  • Increases occupant safety with new structural, MEP, and fire protection systems
  • Meets blast and impact requirements of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Standards
  • Better supports training needs of 20,000 military personnel annually
  • Enhances recruitment and retention of armed forces members
  • Lowers operating costs for utilities, maintenance, and repairs.
Facility inefficiencies stifled the missions of three communications squadrons at the Fort Indiantown Gap Air Guard Station in Annville, Pennsylvania. Energy reduction goals could not be met, and extensive repairs were required to keep 11 World War II-era buildings in minimal operating condition. 

The facilities were undersized, and had inadequate fire protection and antiquated heating systems. In recent years, fires had occurred in two buildings, both caused by electrical system failures. Because of these poor conditions, the unit was experiencing recruitment and retention problems, leading to reduced readiness ratings and potential mission failure.

What We Did

To better serve the operations, maintenance, and training needs of these important military communication units, Gannett Fleming designed a 20,052-square-foot facility that provides a command section, general office areas, communications systems (satellite, base, and network), classrooms, a VTC-enabled conference room, break area, support spaces, and a full-service fitness center with locker facilities. 

Any new facility on an active military base must meet strict federal guidelines. In order to comply with the blast resistance requirements of UFC 4-010-01 DoD Minimum Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Standards for Buildings, the facility was designed with insulated concrete form (ICF) walls, light gauge steel trusses, standing seam metal roofing, and reinforced concrete slab-on-grade construction. The team used site design elements, including concrete curbs, a segmental retaining wall, bollards, and access control arms to create the ATFP minimum standoff perimeter around the building. Sustainable design features also were incorporated with a goal of achieving Silver certification under the LEED® for New Construction rating system.

Key Features

  • Insulated concrete form (ICF) walls provide the strength needed to resist high blast loads
  • Concrete curbs, retaining walls, bollards, and access control arms help to secure the site
  • A new 24-hour fitness center is separated from the main building to allow access while maintaining security
  • An efficient floor plan provides distinct quarters for three squadrons and easy access to shared spaces
  • The carefully planned site allows for the future construction of two additional buildings.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • Energy-efficient HVAC systems lower operating costs by an estimated 30% over the baseline design case
  • An enhanced thermal envelope approaching a value of R-40 reduces the HVAC load on the building
  • Daylighting and daylighting controls supplemented with skylights reduce power demands
  • Construction incorporated more than 25% recycled materials to lessen the building’s environmental impact
  • More than 30% of construction materials were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, minimizing pollution from material transport.

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