Members of the project team.

HDR’s Foreign Materiel Exploitation Laboratory Design Receives Top Award at the 2018 USAF Design Awards Program

Left to right: Steve Hill, HDR; Rachael Haunz, Louisville District USACE; Michael Bauman, Wright Patterson AFB; David Bek, National Air & Space Intelligence Center; and David Duncan, Air Force Civil Engineering Center.        

The Foreign Materiel Exploitation Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a unique facility designed to house and support the Department of Defense's only mission focused on physical exploitation and evaluation of foreign-built aerospace systems. Last month, HDR was proud to stand on stage at the 2018 U.S. Air Force Design Awards Program alongside its USACE and Air Force partners to receive the Honor Award in the Facility Renovations and Additions category.

Interior view of the laboratory.

HDR provided the project planning, design, commissioning and construction phase services for the 58,400 square foot secure laboratory, analytical and administrative space. The $30 million facility for the National Air and Space Intelligence Command was technically an addition to the current lab facility which needed to remain in use during construction. The team was challenged to create a complex technical space while still meeting the latest DoD security area and Air Force sustainability criteria. The team exceeded expectations with LEED Silver certification and a juror commented that there was, “a lot to get right, and they achieved it all.”

Steve Hill, HDR’s project manager, credits the hard work and partnership of the entire project team for such a successful design. “This project had very stringent security requirements and the need to phase the construction such that the attached lab facility could remain in use during construction.” he said. “Our design team did an outstanding job of working through each issue with NASIC, the end user, the Air Force and the Corps of Engineers to deliver this complex project on schedule and within the project budget.”

Exterior view of the laboratory.

Watch the video produced by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center to learn more about this award-winning project. Video Credit: Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.


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