The Korte Company worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the 412th Electronic Warfare Group to design and construct the new Joint Simulation Environment facility at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The two-story 72,140-square-foot Design-Build Joint Simulation Environment (JSE) is a scalable, expandable, modeling and simulation environment to conduct testing on fifth-plus generation aircraft and systems.
According to Brig. General Christopher Azzano, Air Force Test Center commander, “The JSE is one of my favorite projects because in terms of initial pay off, it’s just a few short years down the road.”
The new facility’s Type II-B design incorporated materials and finishes the adjacent buildings and complies with the Edwards AFB Installation Facility Standards (IFS). The scope of work included reinforced concrete foundation and slab floor, structural steel frame, split-face masonry unit walls, standing seam metal roof, sensitive compartmentalized information facilities (SCIF), special access program facilities (SAPF), fire detection and protection systems, utilities, emergency generator, and communication support.
Site improvements included new pavement areas, covered walkways as well as selective demolition at the existing facility. It was designed in accordance with DoD Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 1-200-01, General Building Requirements and UFC 1-200-02, High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements. This facility also complies with DOD antiterrorism/force protection requirements per UFC 4-010-01.