Joint Force Headquarters/Readiness Center
Pond performed a planning charrette, campus plan, and full design for the Rhode Island National Guard's Readiness/Reserve Center, situated at Camp Fogarty in East Greenwich, RI. The 80,766-square-foot, two-story facility serves as administrative, training, and logistics offices for the Rhode Island Army National Guard and Rhode Island Air National Guard, consolidating personnel from the former Command Readiness Center and Schofield Armory on a 22-acre federally owned site. The project addressed challenges of the existing Joint Force Headquarters building, including insufficient administrative and parking space, no assembly hall, inadequate force protection, and overcrowding. Pond validated program requirements, enabling the State of Rhode Island to solicit competitive bids from prequalified general contractors. The resulting facility integrates Army and Air Guard commands, featuring a sensitive compartmented information facility, Joint Operations Center, and advanced training facilities, including a multi-purpose room, auditorium, and technology-enhanced classrooms. The two-story structure strategically avoids triggering progressive collapse design criteria, utilizing sloped terrain to minimize disturbance to the natural site. The LEED Silver Certified project emphasizes sustainability with energy-efficient systems, resilient stormwater design, and preservation of the existing tree canopy. Life cycle cost analyses led to the implementation of a variable refrigerant flow system for HVAC and plumbing systems, balancing cost-effectiveness, zoning control, and energy efficiency. Pond's comprehensive services included architectural and interior design, electrical power, fire protection, security, and landscape architecture. The facility is equipped with ICD 705-compliant electronic security measures, including intrusion detection, access control, and CCTV systems. Pond's in-house landscape architecture team enhanced the site's aesthetics, implementing erosion control measures and selecting vegetation in alignment with the Rhode Island Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook. The project successfully delivered a state-of-the-art, consolidated command headquarters facility, meeting mission objectives and fostering operational efficiency.
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