Beardsley Architects + Engineers provided design and construction administrative services for a 22,000 sf Readiness Center addition. The original armory in Auburn was built in 1959 and required updating to its systems, and an expansion of its space.
The new Readiness Center provides support space to 195 DMNA personnel. Included in the new facility are classrooms, toilets and showers, flammable material storage, administrative office areas, physical fitness area, assembly hall, kitchen area, and a controlled waste handling facility. Some of the building materials used were masonry block construction, concrete floors, and a SBS modified bitumen roof. This provides the building with a solid structural base while still maintaining cost efficiency.
In order to improve the buildings efficiency it was fitted with state of the art heating, ventilation, and plumbing. The project received a silver rating from the Corps Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SPiRiT) for its inclusion of various sustainable design elements. The safety of its occupants was ensured with the addition of a fire protection, and alarm system. Also special considerations had to be made during its design because of the building's need to meet anti-terrorism and force protection regulations.
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