Air National Guard’s New Readiness Center Building Meets BRAC and LEED Criteria

Glass and glazing played a significant part in one Air National Guard building. In September 2010, the Air National Guard dedicated its new Readiness Center building at Joint Base Andrews to a former ANG director, Maj. Gen. Donald Shepperd. Now known as Shepperd Hall, the four-story, $52 million project features a blast-hazard mitigating curtainwall system offering a secure, centralized command, as well as energy efficiency and operational efficiency. Shepperd Hall’s performance features meet the requirements of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act. They also are intended to aid in its pursuit of a Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System.

DMJM Architects and Engineers, now part of AECOM, provided program management, master planning, architectural design, structural engineering, and LEED consultation and commissioning for Shepperd Hall. The project was designed using Autodesk® Building Information Modeling (BIM) software Revit® 2008 for all architecture, interior design and structural engineering.

“The shape of the building evokes the tri-cornered hat worn by the militiamen of the American Revolution to whom the Guard traces its origin,” says Wade Joffrion, vice president at AECOM. “Rather than creating a fortress, the solution projects a highly integrated image of landscape and building in which security restrictions play no visible role.”

Glazing contractor Icon EBS worked with Wausau Window and Wall Systems to help meet Shepperd Hall’s performance and aesthetic requirements. Icon EBS installed approximately 44,000 square feet of Wausau’s structurally-glazed, factory-fabricated, blast hazard mitigating, unitized curtainwall. The 8000-BHM Series curtainwall is designed for compliance with Department of Defense (DoD) UFC 4-010-01 requirements.

Viracon Inc.’s VE1-2M Low-E, insulating glass was specified to optimize solar control and visible light transmittance. Recycled material content was used in the manufacturing of the curtainwall system’s aluminum framing. The framing’s 8-inch-deep, exposed, aluminum surfaces were finished by Linetec. On the exterior, a three-coat 70 percent PVDF Champagne Gold metallic paint was applied. A clear anodize protects the interior surfaces.

Also on the building’s interior, Wausau provided a stainless steel, tubular truss system to ensure structural performance for the blast mitigating design.

The ANG’s Shepperd Hall broke ground in late 2007 and was completed in August 2010.