FTW 247 Battalion Headquarters & COF

FTW 247 Battalion Headquarters & COF

Start Date: 04/01/2004
Completion Date: 07/01/2005
Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: Ft. Wainwright, AK
Architects: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Project Manager: Carl Swanson
Quality Control Manager: Ken Andrews

The Battalion Headquarters (BHQ) and Company Operations Facility (COF) are the first of several command buildings that are being built in the south-central area of Ft. Wainwright, AK to improve training and quality-of-life for our troops. This project area is approximately 8.9 acres.

The BHQ is classified as a “small-sized headquarters building with a classroom.” Designed to eventually support eight companies, it is a one-story, 12,341 square foot building that contains office space, secure storage, and a large training room.

The 16,680 square-foot COF is classified as “two medium-sized, two-story operation buildings.” It is actually the first half of one large, two-story building that will contain four companies. A mirror line runs north-south through the building, dividing it into two functionally separate buildings that contain offices, secure and non-secure storage, equipment maintenance areas, and gear rooms.

Both buildings have a structural steel frame with a concrete floor system. The exterior is primarily Lucabond panels, with decorative concrete block around the bottom. The interior is steel stud framing with gypsum wall board, and the secure storage areas have concrete walls and ceilings. There is a 82,451 square-foot parking lot that runs across the south side of the buildings.

Also constructed is a utilidor system that supports the two current buildings as well as future command buildings in the area. The utilidors have cast-in-place walls and floors with pre-casted lids and will contain much of the mechanical and electrical service.