#ThrowbackThursday to the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Vancouver, Washington, designed for joint use by the U.S. Army Reserve and Washington Army National Guard. The 115,000 s.f. complex includes a 78,000 s.f. Headquarters Building, a 14,000 s.f. Organizational Maintenance Shop, a 23,000 s.f. Heated/Unheated Storage Building, and 40,000 s.f. surface for Deployable Medical Sets. Bernardo Wills Architects and Garco Construction worked collaboratively with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Army National Guard, and the US Army Reserve in developing a refined design that met each of the end-users unique requirements while still remaining within the overall program budget.
#WorksiteWednesday The North Bank Playground Site is taking shape. Aerial imagery shows the new roof on the picnic pavilion, the graded basketball courts, curbing around the playground, the concrete wall separating the playground and the skate park, the west wall of the O&M building going up and a very busy construction site. Rough grading and curbing at the parking lot has also been started.
The beautiful metal siding is up at the Bret Johnson Orthodontics new building on Hawthorne & Nevada. The interior finishing work is also underway and we can’t wait for his patients to see the new space!
In the Spring of 1994, Mr. Bob Wills taught “An Introduction to Architecture” to a very lucky class at Hutton Elementary School. In this lesson, he’s sharing all about the Child Development Center at Fairchild Air Force Base. We have no proof but like to think one of those 3rd graders is now an up-and-coming architect.
As the War Memorial Field nears completion, there is huge progress every day. The numbers and lines are being cut into the turf surface, and the sports fields are taking shape. Once completed, the artificial turf will be ready for baseball, softball, soccer, and football, and the recreation department will also offer lacrosse play. The field design includes a new goalpost system with increased safety technology for the staff raising and lowering the posts between seasons.
Here are some construction photos from the Great Flood-themed North Bank Playground in Riverfront Park. ID Sculpture is on-site hand-carving some of the playground climbing walls. They have built plastic tents over the sculpting areas and have a team of 4-6 people in each tent scoring cutting and sculpting the rock to make it reflect our local geology. The skatepark, with two bowls, is also taking shape. Once they start pouring concrete and forming the bowls, the entire process will take about three weeks.
#WorksiteWednesday Meanwhile, at the War Memorial Field improvement project in Sandpoint, Idaho, turf installation is underway. This field is going to serve the region well and for many years to come.
Check out this timelapse from Baker Construction & Development, Inc. showing the site-cast concrete panels going up at the Huntwood Cabinets warehouse expansion in Liberty Lake. There were a total of 30 panels – 25 feet wide by 32 feet high. They make it look easy!
The updates to the City of Post Falls’ Black Bay Depot activity center are complete! We worked with the City of Post Falls Parks and Recreation to transform the building formerly housing the Senior Center Thrift Store into a dynamic, flexible activity center to meet their programming needs. Interior improvements included adding activity rooms, an entry area, public restrooms, and accessory storage rooms. Our landscape architects made improvements to the parking lot areas and designed a back yard community learning area.
Completed in 2009, the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fairchild Air Force Base was designed for joint use by the U.S. Army Reserve and Washington Army National Guard. This design-build project with Garco Construction, Inc. consisted of six new buildings and a covered two-bay vehicle wash rack. Designers were tasked with fulfilling multiple facility needs in one project, from a community and event center to a flammable storage facility. The resulting complex checked all of the boxes and will serve FAFB’s needs for many years to come. The key to a successful design-build project of this size and scope is finding alternative solutions that meet and exceed individual requirements while maintaining the program budget and schedule.