Veterans Affairs: Mental Health #4

Fresno, CA
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The two-story entry features fully exposed structural beams and columns. As this structure is a government building; it is design to resist not only gravity, wind, and seismic loads, but also blast loads.  Progressive collapse is also considered.  To provide the VA with cost saving options, Revit’s Design Options tool was utilized to provide different variations of the building. read more »


USMC MWTC Dining Hall

Bridgeport, CA
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This Design-Build project consisted of a renovation of the existing Mess Hall and Dining Facility to reconfigure the kitchen and serving lines with all new kitchen equipment, improve the flow and circulation and increase the seating capacity.This project had to be accomplished in 2 phases. Phase 1 entailed the kitchen repair during the winter months. A mobile kitchen had to be used to maintain the ability to feed the base personnel and the transient trainees.  Phase 2 was the renovation of the Dining and Restroom areas. While not a LEED project the design team made every effort to improve the energy efficiency of the facility. The upgrades included seismic retrofitting, ADA compliance, reconfiguration of the existing interior spaces for new program requirements, and the installation of new finishes throughout the entire existing facility.   read more »


USMC MWTC Fire Station

Bridgeport, CA
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  This Design-Build project consisted of a two-story addition and renovation to the existing fire station targeting LEED Silver Certification. This project had to be accomplished in 2 phases as the fire station had to stay in operation during construction. The addition was constructed in the first phase with the renovation to follow.   The upgrades included seismic retrofitting, ADA compliance, reconfiguration of the existing interior spaces for new program requirements, and the installation of new finishes throughout the entire existing facility.   The new addition added two apparatus bays, sleeping quarters, fitness rooms, equipment rooms, restrooms and showers. read more »


USMC MWTC Child Development Center

Coleville, CA
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This Design-Build project consisted of a single story child development center targeting LEED Gold Certification.This facility houses 96 children daily, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The project required special security systems for children and complies with DOD’s Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) criteria. Due to site constraints the building was located within the Conventional Construction Stand-off Distance and as a result the front elevation had to be designed to resist blast effects. read more »


JIEDDO Battle Course

Point Mugu, CA
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This Design Build project at the Naval Air Weapons Station Point Mugu (Naval Base Ventura County) provided training facilities for soldiers preparing to combat Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the Middle East. The new construction on the nearly 30 acre project site includes 4 two story search houses, a mock village with facades and a town center, a range support facility and  an observation tower. read more »


Barracks at Presidio of Monterey

Monterey, CA
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Phase 1 of this project was the addition of two three-story wings onto existing barrack structures for the Army’s Language Institute. The success of Phase 1 resulted in the team being awarded the 2nd Phase - the construction of additional new barracks buildings. The design-build team was headed by J.I. Garcia Construction, Inc. The unique design challenge of this project was to implement the intent of the progressive collapse requirements of the Department of Defense Interim Antiterrorism/Force Protection Construction Standards. The structural system required sufficient structural redundancy to allow for localized failures without the continued collapse of the overall building. Detailed computer modeling was used to estimate the extent of movement that will occur if different bearing walls are damaged. read more »


Centrifugal Flight Environment Trainer (CFET)

Lemoore, CA
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Phase 1 of this project consisted of a finite element fatigue stress analysis of the structure along with instrumented testing by Technicon Engineering Services. Phase 2 resulted from an upgrade to the pilot simulation centrifuge. In order to achieve a faster application of flight “G” forces, a new motor with a larger torque and a new transmission were installed into the existing module. Our office analyzed the CFET structure with the new motor. We determined if the deflections of the structure were within allowable tolerances if the counter-weights were removed and unbalanced forces were resisted. The cast-in-place piles and concrete wing walls were modeled using compression only soil springs using elastic foundation parameters that varied with the depth and soil type. read more »