MEP Associates, LLC (MEP) was hired by The Opus Group to provide engineering design services for the Armed Forces Reserve Center and Field Maintenance Shop. The National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve will use the facilities to equip, train, and maintain personnel and equipment in preparation for future deployments. The two-building campus consists of an 113,000 SF Armed Forces Reserve Center and a 60,500 SF Field Maintenance Shop.
The Armed Forces Reserve Center building includes a large 9,000 SF drill hall for troop formations and community send-offs, classrooms, office space, troop storage, a weapons simulation lab, vault storage, and ancillary troop training areas. There is also a fitness facility, storage and administrative space for all assigned soldiers. A frontage road connects to the Center on the east and west sides of the site, with parking for 560 vehicles.
The Field Maintenance Shop building contains 12 state-of-the-art maintenance bays equipped with shop lubes, compressed air, water, and vacuum systems. Vehicle exhaust is provided in each bay as well as overhead cranes to facilitate repairs. There is a multi-purpose classroom/training facility, small arms repair facility, and parking for 67 vehicles.
The project has been designed to LEED Gold standards and features an energy efficient geothermal heating/cooling system, high insulation values, energy efficient lighting, regional, recycled construction materials, and low emitting materials to promote indoor air quality.
The mechanical HVAC system consists of distributed water to air high-efficiency ground Loop heat pumps. High-density polyethylene piping will be routed to a grid of 216 bore holes that are 240' deep on 20' spacing located under the parking areas. Water-to-water heat pumps will be provided for the tempering of outside air in the energy recovery ventilators. A radiant in-floor heating systems was also installed in the Maintenance Bays and Assembly Hall.