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Pennsylvania Air National Guard Combined Communications Operations and Training Facility

Owner: Pennsylvania Air National Guard
Location: Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pa.

Facility inefficiencies stifled the missions of three communications squadrons at the Fort Indiantown Gap Air Guard Station in Annville, Pennsylvania. To better serve the operations, maintenance, and training needs of these important military communication units, Gannett Fleming architects designed a new 20,052-square-foot facility that provides a command section, general office area, communications systems, classrooms, a VTC-enabled conference room, break area, support spaces, and a full-service fitness center with locker facilities. An efficient floor plan provides distinct quarters for each of the three squadrons while offering easy access to shared spaces. Designers carefully planned the site to allow for the future construction of two additional buildings.

Any new facility on an active military base must meet strict federal guidelines. In order to comply with the blast resistance requirements of UFC 4-010-01 DoD Minimum Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Standards for Buildings, the facility was designed with insulated concrete form (ICF) walls, light gauge steel trusses, standing seam metal roofing, and reinforced concrete slab-on-grade construction. The team used site design elements, including concrete curbs, a segmental retaining wall, bollards, and access control arms to create the ATFP minimum standoff perimeter around the building. Sustainable design features also were incorporated with a goal of achieving Silver certification under the LEED® for New Construction rating system.

The safe and modern facility provides offices, classrooms, and training spaces for three squadrons.