Design that responds to the architectural context of Fort Carson while reflecting a contemporary army appearance.
US Army Corp of Engineers, Omaha District
141,000 sf, 16.4 acre site
Design-Build Excellence Award, Public Sector Project over $25 million, National DBIA
Honor Award, Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program, US Army Corps of Engineers
Award of Excellence for Green Construction, American Concrete Institute, Rocky Mountain Chapter
RNL in a design/build team with Hensel Phelps was awarded this project following a design competition. The Brigade and Battalion Headquarters (BBHQ) features two buildings with a connecting lobby and courtyard which house battalions and classrooms, as well as SCIF/BOC and NOC functions. The design responds to the architectural context of Fort Carson with its traditional red brick character, and at the same time reflects the contemporary nature of today’s Army in terms of a simple yet elegant corporate headquarters image.
The synergy of LEED requirements related to daylighting issues, ATFP exposures, and our programmatic analysis showing the solution could be more than a single large three story mass on the site, created the idea of a dynamic split massing focusing the procession of entry on a major lobby entry point that was transparent to a courtyard around which the building is organized. While the color selections blend with the context, the design called for a contemporary take on color selection for the metal systems that would distinguish the headquarters building as an important center of activity. This facility received LEED Gold Certification, and was the first US Army Corps of Engineers project to receive this distinction.