The Korte Company was contracted to design and build a 40,700-square-foot operational test facility at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Additionally, the project encompassed a single-story Information Transfer Building (ITB).
The ITB serves as a 796-square-foot conditioned space for housing information technology equipment, supporting the base’s IT infrastructure. It features an auditorium with a 16-foot clearance, complete with acoustical ceiling clouds. To maintain sound isolation, the doors within sound-rated walls are also sound-rated, matching the performance of the partitions they are placed in.
A significant portion of the building’s perimeter aligns with the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) perimeter, particularly on most of the facades. These facilities support operational and support areas, SCIF, Special Access Program (SAP) facilities, and communication support functions.
The project employed an advanced Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) wall system that provides exceptional performance. These ICF walls not only offer superior sound insulation, exceeding an STC rating of 50, but also enhance security with a robust concrete core as a deterrent for any breach attempts.
The main entrance utilizes a blast-resistant storefront system, providing a fully glazed lobby. Similarly, the outdoor patio accessible from the non-secure building area also features a glazed storefront. The lobby includes a north-facing clerestory with frosted, tempered glazing to optimize natural lighting. The project encompassed utilities, communications support, site enhancements, pavements, electrical systems, HVAC, fire detection/protection, security enhancements, and backup power generation.