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District to construct new dormitory at Hanscom Air Force Base

USACE, New England
Published Sept. 30, 2016
Design work on a new dormitory to replace these dormitories will take place in October 2016.

Design work on a new dormitory to replace these dormitories will take place in October 2016.

Beginning in October, design work will commence on a new, state-of-the-art dormitory at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts. 

The U.S. Air Force had authorized New England District to award a design and construction contract for the new, three-story, 66-room, 25,000-square-foot military dormitory at Hanscom Air Force Base. The existing dormitories located in Buildings 1510 and 1511 are deteriorating and need to be replaced as soon as possible.  Once the new dormitory is built, the two existing structures will be demolished.

“The dormitory will consist of two 2-bed units, two 3-bed units and 14, 4-bed units,” said Project Manager Mike Tuttle.  “Each unit will contain a shared common area, kitchen, laundry area and bulk storage.”

According to Tuttle, each bedroom unit will have its own full bathroom and closet.  At full capacity, the new dormitory will provide living quarters to up to 66 E1-E4 unaccompanied servicemembers on the base.  The proposed building superstructure will be load-bearing, reinforced, cast-in-place, insulated concrete exterior walls. “Exterior wall finishes will be a combination of masonry veneer at the lower level and Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS) above. The roof will be a light-gauge metal frame carrying a sloped, standing-seam metal roof assembly with full perimeter gutters,” said Tuttle.

The project manager said that one goal of the $12.6 million project is to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification.  “The designer of record will integrate sustainable design strategies and features to minimize the energy consumption of the facility, conserve resources, minimize adverse effects to the environment and improve occupant productivity, health and comfort,” said Tuttle.

According to Tuttle, the dormitory also will be designed and constructed in compliance with the anti-terrorism/force protection standards and architectural barriers act guidelines for accessibility.

The dormitory will reuse, with new stripping and handicap spaces, the existing parking lot to the east while maintaining current traffic patterns and does not add significant paving area or other impermeable surfaces.

In addition to Tuttle as project manager, Jim Conroy will serve as Resident Engineer and Michelle O’Donoghue will serve as Project Engineer.

BBIX, LLC of Boston, Massachusetts is the prime contractor for this project.  Following the design work, construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.  The project is estimated to take 24 months to complete.

Beginning in October, design work will commence on a new, state-of-the-art dormitory at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts. 

The U.S. Air Force had authorized New England District to award a design and construction contract for the new, three-story, 66-room, 25,000-square-foot military dormitory at Hanscom Air Force Base. The existing dormitories located in Buildings 1510 and 1511 are deteriorating and need to be replaced as soon as possible.  Once the new dormitory is built, the two existing structures will be demolished.

“The dormitory will consist of two 2-bed units, two 3-bed units and 14, 4-bed units,” said Project Manager Mike Tuttle.  “Each unit will contain a shared common area, kitchen, laundry area and bulk storage.”

According to Tuttle, each bedroom unit will have its own full bathroom and closet.  At full capacity, the new dormitory will provide living quarters to up to 66 E1-E4 unaccompanied servicemembers on the base.  The proposed building superstructure will be load-bearing, reinforced, cast-in-place, insulated concrete exterior walls. “Exterior wall finishes will be a combination of masonry veneer at the lower level and Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS) above. The roof will be a light-gauge metal frame carrying a sloped, standing-seam metal roof assembly with full perimeter gutters,” said Tuttle.

The project manager said that one goal of the $12.6 million project is to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification.  “The designer of record will integrate sustainable design strategies and features to minimize the energy consumption of the facility, conserve resources, minimize adverse effects to the environment and improve occupant productivity, health and comfort,” said Tuttle.

According to Tuttle, the dormitory also will be designed and constructed in compliance with the anti-terrorism/force protection standards and architectural barriers act guidelines for accessibility.

The dormitory will reuse, with new stripping and handicap spaces, the existing parking lot to the east while maintaining current traffic patterns and does not add significant paving area or other impermeable surfaces.

In addition to Tuttle as project manager, Jim Conroy will serve as Resident Engineer and Michelle O’Donoghue will serve as Project Engineer.

BBIX, LLC of Boston, Massachusetts is the prime contractor for this project.  Following the design work, construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.  The project is estimated to take 24 months to complete.


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