September 16, 2010

ANG Readiness Center Dedicated at Joint Base Andrews

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. – The Air National Guard’s (ANG) Readiness Center was dedicated at Joint Base Andrews on September 16. Clark Construction Group, LLC, built the $62 million, 170,000 square-foot building, which was named Shepperd Hall during the ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Donald. W. Shepperd, a former director of the ANG.

The four-story, glass-and-metal-clad, anti-terrorism/force protection-compliant building was designed with flexible workspaces to accommodate the diverse needs of 600 military and civilian employees. Demountable systems furniture allows occupants to easily reconfigure their office space to meet mission requirements. The Readiness Center also stands as a model of sustainability. Expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, the building features raised access flooring for improved air flow, automatic light shades, and a green roof. Clark completed the project ahead of the ANG’s need date.

This project consolidates the ANG’s main directorate offices, which previously had been split between Joint Base Andrews and Crystal City, Va. The new building connects to the ANG’s existing facility by a two-story glass walkway. Beneath the walkway is a shared, open courtyard with landscaped memorial plaza.

The ANG Readiness Center is the first project in the state of Maryland completed under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act.

In addition to the dedication and ribbon cutting, the event included a lunch for ANG employees and guests, a cake prepared by Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes, and a performance by country singer Laura Bryna, whose song, “Hometown Heroes” is featured in ANG commercials and marketing materials.