By Nikki Ficken, AMRDEC Public AffairsApril 9, 2018
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (April 9, 2018) -- After a year and a half of renovations, employees are enjoying a new workspace at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center.
AMRDEC's Building 5400 B Wing underwent its first restoration since its original construction in 1964. Demolition on the third floor began July 2016 and was completed in January 2018. B Wing was selected as the first project because it was one of the oldest parts of the building, and housed four out of five AMRDEC directorates.
In the planning phase, AMRDEC facility engineers met with each directorate to determine their wants and needs. The new construction focuses on the following qualities: modern, sustainable, high tech, and cost effective/energy saving.
"With the design, we tried to set a collaborative environment," said Chief of Facilities and Logistics, Renee Moore. "We've heard positive responses from the employees so far. Even those that were skeptical about the open concept have come around to enjoying the design."
"We really tried to get the most out of the space," said Kaila Pope, Facilities Division architect. "We were able to increase seating and the number of conference rooms and break-out areas for teams to meet."
The previous closed off floor plan has been replaced with an open concept design including large windows to let in more light and new furniture. Ultimately, the plan is to position offices on the second and third floors, while moving labs to the first floor where daylight is not as necessary.
"It wasn't just the look we were after," said Brad Stewart, AMRDEC Acting Facilities Branch Chief. "We wanted to make sure all the 'behind the scenes' elements were updated as well. All of the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC have been replaced. We also put digital controls for employees to adjust the temperature in their area."
AMRDEC worked with the Redstone Department of Public Works during the construction. "This renovation project would not be possible without the great project management support and engineering services from the Redstone Department of Public Works," Moore said.
To be more cost effective and save energy, planners followed Leadership Energy Environmental Design. The bathrooms have low flow toilets and are now ADA-compliant. A sprinkler system and a mass notification system have been added for increased safety.
"Our team spent a lot of time and energy on this project to ensure employees would be happy," said Stewart. "We believe the new space offers many amenities and features to give employees that ownership and pride in their space."
This renovation is part of a master modernization plan to improve AMRDEC facilities. This is one of the largest AMRDEC renovation projects in terms of square footage and dollar value.
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is operationally aligned to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, and administratively aligned to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. This joint alignment established a closely woven research, development, acquisition, and sustainment team to provide increased responsiveness to the nation's Warfighters. AMRDEC has the mission to deliver collaborative and innovative aviation and missile capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, development and life cycle engineering solutions.