USACE, Louisville District


FGM Architects


Blinderman Construction Company, Inc.


Arlington Heights, IL


This competitively procured design-build Army Reserve Center is comprised of three separate buildings:  a two-story Training Center (70,877 SF), a one-story Organizational Maintenance Shop (4,944 SF), and a one-story Unheated Storage building (4,860 SF).  Facilities include administrative, educational, assembly, weapons simulator, work bays, and supply areas for Army Reserve units.

Client Benefits

With the start date of the project pushed to Fall 2017 and freezing temperatures approaching, it became necessary for the project to adopt a fast-track approach. After the charrette presentation, the team had a very aggressive schedule of only two weeks to complete the structural design of all three structures. The fast-track structural submittal was approved with minimal comments.

Insulated load-bearing precast sandwich panels were used to provide resistance to gravity and wind loads in addition to thermal insulation.  The walls were also designed to resist blast loads to meet Antiterrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) design requirements. 

The Science and Design of Structural Engineering

The building system for the Training Center was chosen to be structural steel beams and columns with exterior load-bearing precast sandwich panels because of benefits including resistance to blast pressures, fast erection, economy, thermal insulation, and aesthetic flexibility. In order to enclose the Training Center on time and maintain the critical path for the guaranteed completion date, it was vital to get approval for the entire structural design along with civil/site work to allow for the construction of foundations to progress while shop drawings for precast and structural steel were still being completed.