US Army Corps of Engineers


MVE Pacific, Inc.


Kiewit Building Group, Inc.


Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii


Wheeler Barracks Complex Ph 6B is a new facility at the U.S. Wheeler Army Airfield in Oahu, Hawaii. The project consists of the design and construction of a three-story facility with units for enlisted personnel. The buildings shall house 192 personnel in a gross area of 70,272 SF and will consist of two mirrored L-shaped structures, motorcycle storage, trash enclosure, and central mechanical plant.

The typical floor slabs consist of cast-in-place concrete. The roof consists of a concrete cast-in-place (CIP) slab with light-gauge steel truss soffit framing above. All interior corridors, demising and exterior walls consist of concrete masonry units (CMU). The foundations are shallow reinforced concrete footings.

Other structures on the site include a motorcycle storage, trash enclosure, and central mechanical plant all consisting of CMU walls. The motorcycle storage includes a light-gauge truss roof.

The structural design accounts for Hawaii’s environmental conditions, including seismic activity and hurricane-force winds. The project complies with AT/FP requirements contained in UFC 4-010-01, DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings, including the provision to resist progressive collapse and blast loads.

The Science and Design of Structural Engineering

Because of tight site constraints, the building was hardened for blast loads. In addition, the structure was designed to avoid progressive collapse in accordance with UFC 4-023-03, Design of Buildings to Resist Progressive Collapse.

Client Benefits

The CMU walls were designed to provide gravity support, lateral-load resistance, blast hardening and progressive collapse. The highly efficient system employs a multi-hazard approach that is cost-effective and highly constructible.