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CSA Group was contracted as a full service firm to produce architectural design and engineering of a building being designed for the Florida Army Reserve National Guard. The program is tailored to meet their unique requirements for combat readiness and local emergencies. The building will be two stories in height and consists of offices, classrooms, and training rooms zoned for five military units at the company level. There are several shared spaces in the program, one of which is a forty foot high assembly hall designed to accommodate the entire battalion. The site component features parking for personal vehicles and a secured area for military vehicles. There is a vehicle maintenance building on the site to serve the military vehicles in the motor pool. Security is a major issue and the military has adapted an Anti-terrorism Force Protection protocol that impacts site and building planning.
When completed, the two-story building will include features like a forty-foot high assembly hall designed to accommodate the entire battalion, storage spaces, platoon areas and offices. The design will also be highly energy efficient and meet the (LEED) Silver certification rating.
originally posted by: Xeven
Usually readiness center is a place to gather for deployments. You get called to duty for something and go there to get your orders, briefings, chem gear, weapons, shots, what ever equipment you might need then bus out to where ever your going or to one of the local USAF bases to board a plane.
The 300-acre site is along Flamingo Road just south of the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike. Following the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the property served as a Nike defense missile site until it was decommissioned in 1979. The property was then handed over by the U.S. government to the Florida National Guard, but it has remained vacant until now.