John J. Sparkman Center for Missile Excellence
The U.S. Army's Missile Command Headquarters is housed in this six-building complex. Constructed on a fast-track, design/build basis, the 684,000-square-foot facility consists of class-A office space, open work station areas, classrooms, computer centers, communications facilities, secure areas, teleconferencing rooms, a health club, an auditorium and a full-service kitchen/dining area.
A detached central energy plant provides hot and chilled water for space conditioning, steam from a district system, and emergency power generation.
The project's mechanical package included complete plumbing and HVAC installation, relocation of a high pressure natural gas line that ran through the site, new natural gas service and propane back-up systems for the central plant, and installation of a new high pressure steam-reducing station and steam service to the facility. The HVAC system is a VAV air distribution system with hot water reheat. The facility’s unique site plan and building design allowed for concealed, above-grade distribution of utilities, thus eliminating the need for underground piping systems.
The successful completion of this project, which was designed and constructed in only 20 months, can be largely attributed to the project's partnering plan.