DTC and CR architecture + design was awarded the design and construction of the $21 million US Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.
The Vehicle Maintenance Shop (VMS) included electrical class 1 div 1 hazardous spaces consisting of explosion proof lighting, outlets and associated code compliant raceway and wiring. The VMS also included compressed air piping systems distributed throughout the spaces, and an oil water separator for maintenance bay drainage.
This facility served as a Reserve Center and training site for units of the Army Reserve (AR), the Puerto Rico Army National Guard (PRARNG), and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR).
The Army Reserve units that occupy the facilities were the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD) of the 339th Battalion, the 393rd, and Retention Office. The PRARNG units which will occupy the facilities are the Recruiting and Retention Division (R&R Div), the 480th MP Company, and Medical Section Cell C59. The USMCR units that occupy the facilities were the 3rd Longshoreman Platoon, the 4th Landing Support Battalion, and the 4th Marine Logistics Group.
There were approximately 65 people working in the buildings on a full-time basis Monday through Friday, and the largest drill weekend will have approximately 250 reservists using the facility. The facility was used three weekends per month for reserve training activities.
Primary facilities included construction of an approximately 72,000 sq. ft. AFRC training building, approximately 9,000 sq. ft. Vehicle Maintenance Shop (VMS), approximately 600 sq. ft. of unheated storage, approximately 10,000 SY for organizational parking, antiterrorism measures and building information systems. Buildings were permanent construction with HVAC systems, plumbing, mechanical systems, security systems, and electrical systems. Supporting facilities included land clearing, paving, fencing, general site improvements, and extension of utilities to serve project. Physical security measures will be incorporated into design including maximum standoff distance from roads, parking areas, and vehicle unloading areas. Heavy landscaping and bollards were used to prevent access when standoff distances could not be maintained.
The project included a mass notification and fire alarm system.