For this Armed Forces Reserve Center project, The Korte Company formed Korte-Fusco, a joint venture with Fusco Corporation. Together, Korte-Fusco built in Danbury, Connecticut, and our work includes three separate buildings: the training center, a vehicle maintenance shop, an unheated storage building and a wash bay. The design of the training center focuses on local architecture and features Mid-Atlantic and New England architecture. As part of this design vernacular, stone cladding was a dominant element of the overall architecture. The design of the exterior spaces takes advantage of sloping topography and the natural vistas that surround the site.

Dormer elements create an efficient ceiling and increase the natural daylight and enhanced exterior views. The primary entrance of the building is the focal point of the facility, with a covered, open-air porch that creates a natural gathering space. It allows users to enjoy the outdoors and surrounding views while remaining protected from the elements. The prominent lobby space with higher ceilings allows additional light into the lobby and adjacent assembly hall.

We also provided an outdoor gathering area at the west side of the assembly hall. As an extension of the building, this plaza allows individuals to gather in a comfortable and inviting, natural setting. The plaza can be accessed via a cascading exterior stair from the main entrance or from the lower level of the training center. A pergola provides a shaded canopy.

The building’s materials are inspired by the existing fieldstone and are supplemented with brick and metal panel. The strong base of rock face concrete masonry transitions to brick and metal panel, a design feature giving each elevation an appropriate scale and proportion.

We’ve also delivered housing facilities for a wide range of private entities. Learn more about housing construction at The Korte Company.

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USGBC Certification
  • LEED Certified Gold
Markets
  • Department of Defense
  • Education
Clients
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Architects
  • Michael Baker International
Services
  • Design-Build
  • Design Services
Size
  • 117,000 square feet
Awards
  • Tilt-Up Concrete Association: Outstanding
Location
  • Danbury, CT
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