Fort Benjamin Harrison Armed Forces Reserve Center
Lawrence, IN

Fort Benjamin Harrison Armed Forces Reserve Center

Maximizing Efficiency for Reserves

Gausman & Moore provided MEP engineering services for this Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC). This complex features the following facilities: Army Reserve Training Center (126,500 GSF), Navy Reserve/Marine Corps Reserve Training Center (57,400 GSF), and Army Reserve OMS/AMSA Building (26,709 GSF), Marine Corps Reserve Vehicle Maintenance Shop (4,403 GSF).

The Gausman & Moore team was responsible for HVAC systems and utilities. The HVAC systems for the facilities consist of individual heating and cooling plants for each building. High efficiency modular condensing boiler systems provide hydronic space heating through central station air handlers, with heat recovery and reheat capabilities, for the various functions of the building.

Air cooled water chillers provide efficient comfort cooling with minimal maintenance and optimum control. The LEED rating system helped guide sustainable design aspects of demand controlled ventilation, aggressive controls for energy efficiency, exhaust air heat recovery, occupancy sensor controls, outside airflow measuring stations, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, and commissioning of the facility.

Vehicle maintenance work bays use overhead infrared gas fired radiant heating and in-floor hydronic heat. Vehicle exhaust and exhaust side heat recovery units ensure proper indoor air quality controlled by carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide sensors.

An overhead fluid distribution system provides work bays with access to two weights of engine oil, gear lube, antifreeze, and transmission fluid. Flammable storage areas are equipped with explosion proof exhaust and heat as well as safety provided by emergency eyewash and shower fixtures. Telecommunication equipment rooms, electrical rooms, and arms vaults are provided with separate HVAC systems for 24/7 operation and for efficient control of temperature and humidity.

All four buildings were designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The Training Center buildings were sited and oriented to maximize energy efficiency and day-lighting. Heat island effects were minimized through the use of light colored pavement and roofing materials. Exterior insulation and air barriers minimize infiltration and provide moisture control while reducing heating and cooling loads.

Exceptional client service, intelligent engineering.