Originally constructed in 1971 as an armory and indoor firing range, the Edmond Readiness Center project’s scope of work includes a comprehensive interior renovation of the existing 28,000-square-foot facility. The Readiness Center was originally built in 1971 at a cost of $277,500 and had 25,495 square feet. After more than four decades of continuous use, the readiness center was in need of an extensive renovation.
The renovation included the replacement of several life-safety systems as well as improvements in energy conservation and the general maintenance of the facility. The renovation project included the repair, replacement or modernization of such items as doors, windows, exterior improvements to increase energy efficiency and increased the square footage to 30,400. Along these lines, the facility received new heating and air conditioning systems, fire suppression systems, fire alarms, mass notification systems, floor coverings, interior paint, roofs and lighting.
The interior space plan maximizes mission-critical functions and is designed to accommodate future mission use. The design also includes open office areas, additional classrooms and conference areas as well as a fitness area, general office, heated storage and locker areas, and a recruiter’s office.
The facility’s life span has been extended to at least 2038 and now houses two companies of the Oklahoma Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry, which are subordinate units of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma.