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Military Work

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Project Name: FY04 Barracks, Ft. Lewis, WA

Architect: Tetra Tech

This design-build project included a three story masonry barracks complex for unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing (UEPH) for 300 soldiers. This project continued ongoing development at North Fort Lewis, Washington. Project requirements included constructing a barracks building reflecting architectural themes found elsewhere on Fort Lewis, meeting the latest Department of Defense facilities criteria, and providing a warm, inviting residential setting for soldiers. Concrete masonry was an integral feature in the design solution to meet stringent functional, budgetary and aesthetic requirements.

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Project Name: Theater Aviation Command Readiness Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Dupont, WA

Architect: Schreiber Starling & Lane Architects

The Theater Aviation Command (TAC) Readiness Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the newest and largest training center serving the Washington National Guard. The design reflects the historic character of old Fort Lewis, yet is a technology-rich headquarters providing the Guard modern training and operational facilities. The plan is organized with offices and classrooms in a three-story element, the drill hall and assembly functions in a central two-story element, and more industrial unit support functions in a single story, directly adjacent to vehicle parking. Sustainable design is at the core of the project which has been certified LEED Gold.

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Project Name: V.A. American Lake Campus Community Living Center

Encircled by forest near the shoreline of American Lake, the new Community Living Center (CLC) offers rehabilitating veterans a sense of community, and the comfort and views that were once lacking in their former facility. The new design redirects the bygone nursing home model toward an open, welcoming environment awash in daylight. The CLC's contemporary aesthetic is a complimentary and intentional counterpoint to the stately stucco and clay tile buildings characteristic of the historic American Lake campus. VA stakeholders, side-by-side with the design and construction team members, worked to develop a building and site that will enhance the quality of life for patients, while enabling staff greater effectiveness in their care.
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Project Name: VA Tahoma National Cemetery
Architect: Smith Group JJR

2014 Masonry Institute of Washington Excellence in Masonry Design Awards


The principle expansion design goal was to respect the parameters of the cemetery's original design and orientation towards Mount Rainier while honoring and enhancing this visual connection and protecting and maintain the natural setting for each unique burial. Basalt, originally used on the Public Information Center building, was strategically selected as a locally-available material that would soften the man-made concrete elements and integrate the built structures into the natural environment while also contributing to a LEED Silver equivalency rating for the site work. Geometric shapes ranging from straight walls to curves and spirals necessitated a high level of skill to successfully execute the project to meet the cemetery's objectives. The masonry contractor's craftsmanship and attention to detail in employing the use of over 20,000 structural concrete masonry units, 34,000 square feet of stone and 1,200 tons of architectural precast concrete played a significate role in creating final resting places worthy of a national shrine.