The existing Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS) located adjacent to the State Armory in Utica, NY was built in 1949 and contained only 3,928 SF. To alleviate overcrowding and comply with the latest National Guard Bureau guidelines, Beardsley designed a new 22,211 SF maintenance shop to be located on the Utica Armory site.
Of specific concern to the client and the New York State Historic Preservation Office was that the project needed to blend with the older armory structure adjacent to the new building. By utilizing similar architectural features and material specifications, Beardsley was able to address these concerns.
The facility was designed to contain four organizational maintenance bays, a warm-up bay, an office and break area, bathroom and locker area, specialized storage, controlled waste handling area, and a 15-ton-capacity crane. In the main service area, high windows around the perimeter of the building allow the work bay areas to be illuminated with natural light. Occupant comfort is enhanced by a radiant floor heating system that is anticipated to reduce heating costs by over 25%.
The project received a silver rating from the Corps Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SPiRiT) for its inclusion of numerous sustainable design elements.
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