Army Corps of Engineers, Aberdeen Proving Grounds

State-of-the-Art Campus Sets New Standardds in Security & Ssustainability for BRAC Projects in Maryland

This expansive military campus encompasses eight distinct buildings totaling 1.6 million square feet. The development, one of the largest and most complex BRAC projects in Maryland, featured a comprehensive 34.5kV underground site distribution system. The campus structure includes a network of bridges connecting a variety of facilities:

  • A three-story research center housing an advanced Anechoic Chamber
  • Two five-story operations buildings
  • A four-story Command and Control facility equipped with a C4I Command Center
  • Comprehensive mission training and maintenance facilities

Prioritization of low carbon solutions with the goal of lessening environmental impact was of high importance on this project. The decision was made during the design and construction process to compact the structural footprint, thereby maximizing green spaces, natural vistas, and daylight availability, while substantially reducing site disturbance. This project has been recognized for its innovation and efficiency with two awards from the Associated General Contractors of Metropolitan Washington.

Scope of Work

In alignment with UFC 4-010-01 standards, the C4ISR buildings were designed to streamline government operations, reduce long-term maintenance costs, and minimize spare parts inventories. Each building features:

  • SCIF spaces and mandatory access control.
  • ATFP and LEED-compliant constructions.
  • Dedicated heating and cooling systems.
  • Mission-critical spaces supported by UPS and Diesel Generation.

To further secure the campus:

  • Standoffs exceeding 82 feet were implemented for all interior roadways and parking, enhancing blast protection.
  • An 8-inch curb along the interior loop road and operable vehicle barriers like removable bollards guard against vehicular threats.
  • Building façades include blast-resistant windows, curtain walls, and precast concrete panels, which also serve as shear walls for structural integrity.
  • The tower, HQ, C2CNT, and lab buildings – ranging in height from three to five stories tall – are constructed with structural steel frames designed to prevent progressive collapse in accordance with UFC 4-023-03.

Weidlinger Associates, serving as the SER and Blast Engineer, meticulously designed the precast panels for each building to ensure they meet stringent ATFP standards while providing blast resistance. Green screens designed on several buildings also contribute to blast debris minimization.

This strategic and comprehensive approach not only ensures operational efficiency and security but also underscores our dedication to sustainability and safety across the campus.

Army Corps of Engineers, Aberdeen Proving Grounds

Army Corps of Engineers, Aberdeen Proving Grounds