Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, CA
Cost: $4.4 Million
Size: 25,806 sf
Stronghold Engineering, Inc. served as the prime contractor for the $4.3 million Titan Dormitory Renovation design build project, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 25,806 sq. ft. project called for a complete three-story dormitory repair and upgrade and site construction work. 68 dorms rooms were renovated with the following: full bath; kitchenette, including microwave, two-burner cook-top with a Ceran surface and micro-fridge; two data/phone jacks, two CATV jacks and numerous electrical receptacles. The renovation of community/service core areas included three lounges, a mail room, three housekeeping/janitor closets, a six-station laundry facility, a linen closet, a dorm manager administrative office and a storage room.
Scope of work included demolition, grading, trenching and backfill; water, hydronic and natural gas distribution; planting, hydroseed and irrigation; duct and pipe insulation, fire-resistant joint systems and sealants, fire alarm systems; concrete, aluminum fabrications, metal studs and carpentry; steel and wood doors, storefronts, aluminum windows, bath accessories, furnishings and metal cabinets; roof top air handling units, fan coil units, power ventilators, diffusers and registers; raceways, wires, cables, equipment connections, panel boards, circuit breakers, lighting and communication systems; plaster, gypsum board, ceramic tile, acoustical tile ceilings, resilient wall base, carpet and painting; and hazardous materials abatement.
Energy efficient features included Energy Star-rated HVAC equipment, R-11 exterior walls, Low E insulated windows, water saving plumbing, shower and toilets.
LEED/sustainable features included complete reuse of building shell; carpet with recycled content; CAT5 cable for future upgrades; rooms with flexible electrical configurations; one-hour fire rated walls for sound and fireproofing; low water usage landscaping; improved indoor air quality; recycling and waste management; site improvements to reduce impervious areas and reduce rate and quantity of storm water runoff; and exterior light pollution reduction using exterior pole site lighting with shielded lenses and horizontal lamping. Each room has its own electrical sub-panel, and the building’s water and sewer are split into five discrete systems for ease of maintenance and minimal disruptions to occupants.
What They Say…
“…There have been many challenges along the way, not the least was trying to design and construct a complete renovation of an existing dormitory in a year. Without Stronghold’s cooperation, spirit of teamwork, and overall excellent management of the project, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Harland G. Kroll, Resident Engineer