ArchitectCDS International, Inc.
Contractordck pacific guam, LLC
This new Readiness Center at Barrigada Complex, Guam, for the Guam Army National Guard (GUARNG) at Barrigada Complex, Guam. This facility supports three GUARNG units including Delta Company (D Co) of the 1st Battalion, 294th Regiment (1-294th), the newly formed 721st Army Band, and soon to be formed 1990th Contingency Contracting Team (CCT). The facility includes an assembly hall, classroom & learning facilities, family support & recruiting offices, general storage spaces, kitchen, general personnel support facilities, vehicle maintenance training bay, flammable storage, and special waste handling facility. Unit specific administrative space, army band facilities, unit storage spaces, and locker facilities are also provided. This facility is a critical project for the GUARNG in support of the “Grow the Army” initiatives.
The client needed a secure, low-maintenance facility that could resist the harsh typhoons and high seismicity in Guam. The structural design accomplished all of the client’s goals in a very efficient manner. Exterior concrete walls that provide security and long-term durability were also used as special reinforced concrete shear walls. Interior load-bearing members were minimized by spanning either precast double tees or structural steel between the exterior walls.
The Science and Design of Structural Engineering
The project consisted of two structures: a one-story, 42,000 SF readiness center building and a one-story, 1,700 SF maintenance training facility with a combination of architecturally hipped and low sloped roofs. Hipped roofs were framed with structural steel, metal deck and concrete topping, and the low sloped roofs with precast, prestressed double tees with cast-in-place concrete topping. The roof framing was supported on continuous exterior concrete walls and interior columns. The walls and columns were supported on continuous and isolated spread footings with a soil-supported slab-on-grade.
The structural design accounts for Guam’s environmental conditions including a tropical climate, typhoons and high seismic activity. In addition, the facility’s design complies with UFC 4-010-01, DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings.