Norfolk Navy Shipyard
Project for a secure facility designed to provide emergency
services and coordination of satellite facilities in the event
of emergency weather conditions, regional disaster or a terrorist
Mechanical systems included provisions for protection against
chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) contamination
of building occupants, as well as protection of contaminated
emergency personnel re-entering the building. The building
is also designed to resist structural damage from explosive
devices. Communication, data, fire alarm and security systems
are run from numerous locations throughout the shipyard to
the new centralized facility. The facility provides accommodations
for first responders and various government and civilian agencies
to meet, evaluate the situation, coordinate, direct and then
control the efforts required to address the event.
Final design was preceded by an extensive separate study
comparing multiple building sites and building configurations
to determine the most cost effective and functional location.
One of the sites involved adaptation of and re-use of an unused
historical foundry, which was protected from demolition by
inclusion on the National Register of Historical Places.
The building meets all current Anti-Terrorism & Force
Protection (AT/FP) criteria, and achieved LEED certification.
Location: Portsmouth, VA
Owner: U.S. Navy
Type: New Construction
25,000 sq. ft.
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