Pennsylvania Air National Guard Combined Communications Operations and Training Facility

New facility fully supports training mission while lowering operating costs and improving safety

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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OUTCOMES

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.