Northern Maine Readiness Center, now in design development, will support the needs and goals of the Maine Army and Air National Guard 185th Engineer Support Company (ESC). WBRC was selected to design a fiscally responsible, architecturally appealing facility that is a showcase for both sustainability and functionality. Designed to meet LEED Silver standards, the new facility will provide secure, versatile, and flexible military program spaces that include common, administrative, storage, and locker room areas, along with special functions areas unique to the Guard.
The building is situated on the property to take advantage of passive and active solar energy, while minimizing wetland impact. Site design includes parking for military and privately-owned vehicles, entry control point, sidewalks, lighting, fencing, exterior fire protection, access roads, utilities, and storm water detention systems.
WBRC provided stakeholders with feasible options using a variety of graphic presentations, giving them an accurate picture of the options, and facilitating the decision-making process.
Client priorities include HVAC with high energy efficiency and low operational costs; tight building envelope; facility is easy to maintain; and incorporation of DoD Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings (AT/FP) across the entire facility. Design and construction documents are scheduled to be completed in 2017, and construction completed in 2018.