Child Development Center

Client:  U.S. Department of Defense  / USACE

Partner:  Atlantic Marine Construction

Challenge:  As part of a national program to modernize our nation’s military facility and align the facilities on bases to better serve the needs of modern military families, the Department of Defense executed the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) contract which sought to deliver a variety of facilities meant to serve the children and adolescents of active duty military personnel.

Solution:  To properly serve our active duty military personnel, the facilities needed to offer a broad array of amenities and feature an upscale, permanent aesthetic to match the context of surrounding buildings. USACE sought to leverage the benefits of modern methods of construction such as modular fabrication and awarded the contract to Mark Line and Atlantic Marine Construction. As part of the federal procurement requirements, the interior space needed to be healthy and equivalent to USGBC’s LEED Silver sustainable building standards.

Our team leveraged a hybrid building approach, fabricating the basic spaces offsite and then installing prefabricated truss systems in situ along with full-face masonry and stonework to complete the permanent exterior. This same hybrid approach was used to construct high-ceiling space for amenities like gymnasiums and rock climbing walls. Building automation systems were incorporated into each building to reduce energy consumption. Attention was also paid to the varying regional aesthetics and requirements (such as structures engineered to resist high coastal wind loads).