The Korte Company was the Design-Build contractor for this two-story combined 365th Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Group and Squadron Operations Facility at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
The 76,000-square-foot facility contains ISR operations areas, a threat training facility, administrative areas, an auditorium, and robust physical security capabilities, with the majority meeting Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF) requirements.
Additionally, the building consists of areas used for administration, assembly auditorium, classrooms, mission planning and support, mission essential equipment, aircraft display, maintenance, storage, and building support systems. A Special Access Program Facilities (SAPF) area designed in accordance with IDC/ICS 705 takes up 54,893 square feet of the building’s footprint.
The design includes architecture, interior design, fire protection, life safety, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical engineering and telecommunications disciplines. The building’s masonry veneer is accented by an insulated metal panel installed over insulated concrete form (ICF) walls, which not only saved time and money during construction by eliminating the traditional formwork erection and removal, but also added value to the project by providing excellent thermal and acoustical properties.
The site was designed to accommodate a future building expansion. Access roads, grading and utility design were all formulated to reduce utility relocations and site rework should the expansion occur. Exterior materials were selected to provide the best value to the government with respect to lifecycle cost, maintenance and project budget. The materials selected are also compatible with Nellis Air Force Base design standards.