Language and Cultural Center moves forward

Design completed for the Language and Cultural Center of U.S. Army Special Operations Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC.

VOA Associates Incorporated announces that it has completed all requirements and received approval for 100% of the design for the Language and Cultural Center facility at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Construction, portions of which have been fast-tracked and begun, is scheduled for completion in Q1, 2017.  VOA is teamed with Archer Western Contractors, LLC and the project was procured by the US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District using a Design Build delivery format.

VOA provided architecture, interior design and FF&E design services for this anchor building on the recently master planned John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWCS). The JFKSWCS is one of the U.S. military’s premier training institutions. Recently, the school has undertaken a multimillion-dollar transformation with the goal of creating a university-like campus for the training of personnel in the Army Special Operations Forces. The building and site were designed with Beaux-Art design principles in mind.

The centerpiece of the new campus will be the $54-million, four-story, 216,000 sf Language and Cultural Center which will support training in language (over 100 languages will be taught in its classrooms) and cultural readiness for soldiers deploying around the world as well as Civil Affairs; and Military Information Support Operations. The facility will house a library with support spaces, language and cultural studies classrooms, administrative offices for eight command suites, and two Civil Affairs companies. Conference facilities feature advanced AV systems and exceptional acoustics for technology-enabled learning and video-conferencing.

VOA also designed a 120-foot-long, 16-foot-wide pedestrian bridge and stairs with 300’ long and 150’ long ramps sloped for ADA at each end, crossing a road adjacent to the site and connecting this new campus with existing facilities on the installation. Structures at each end of the bridge serve as architectural portals framing views from existing to new and bringing order to previously misaligned pedestrian corridors. The portals take design cues from the surrounding campus buildings.

Due to the size and complexity of this building, 3D coordination during design was essential to project success.

The Language and Cultural Center on the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWCS) Campus is designed with features such as energy efficient mechanical systems to achieve LEED Silver certification from the USGBC (US Green Building Council).

VOA’s design satisfies the specified program for the facility while finding areas to appropriately value engineer, enabling cost savings, and steering funding to where occupants benefit most in their day-to-day activities. For example, in the proposal design submittal VOA re-allocated space for the required exit capacity across three re-sized stairs instead of four stair locations. VOA’s design also reduced the floor-to-floor heights compared to bridging drawings in the RFP, shortening the total building height by eight feet, creating further savings without any sacrifices to the program requirements.

1 Comment

    Looks good if I must say so myself — but I am a little biased. How are those unit crest badge graphics working out? I am looking forward to touring the building when completed. By the way, I was a Special Forces trooper with ODA 321, 3d BN, 11th SFG (Airborne) before becoming an architect.

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