During the preconstruction phase, the design-build team worked together to find value-add enhancements that drastically reduced long-term maintenance costs, while increasing durability of high-traffic spaces. Design elements include polished concrete floors and energy efficient amenities. Some of the ARC’s sustainable features include interior and exterior LED light fixtures, electrical and mechanical controls, skylights that take advantage of the natural light, expansive clerestory spaces to maximize user comfort, and a photovoltaic system to offset the energy consumption generated by the exterior lights.
The new Army Reserve Center project in Saint Joseph, MN, included construction of two buildings; a new 47,000 SF Army Reserve Center (ARC)/ Training Center, and a single-story, 2,000 SF unheated storage building (UHS). Designed to hold 200-members, construction of the new facility included reinforced concrete foundations, concrete floor slabs, a structural steel framing system, complete HVAC, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and security systems. Work also included land clearing, paving, fencing, general site improvements, and utility tie-ins.