Naval Station Great Lakes

A 12-Year Construction Program
I want to extend my sincere appreciation and congratulate you for your commendable attention to safety ... a safe work environment doesn't 'just happen'. It takes a dedicated effort by your staff to emphasize safe work practices and procedures every day.
R.J. Gibbs, Captain & Commanding Officer - Civil Engineering Corps, U.S. Navy
Great Lakes, Illinois
NAVFAC - Midwest
M+W Group
Additional collaborations with M+W Group:
2,300,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
LEED Silver

The U.S. Navy embarked on a 12-year recapitalization effort to modernize their only boot camp, the Recruit Training Command, in 1998. The program replaced outdated buildings and infrastructure at Naval Station Great Lakes with state-of-the-art training grounds and living areas customized to the Navy’s needs. Along the way, Clark built 17 of the base’s 23 new structures totaling more than 2.3 million square feet and $556 million.

In 1998, NAVFAC Midwest awarded Clark its first project, a $68 million contract to build two prototype barracks at Naval Station Great Lakes. The two prototype barracks, named the USS Constitution and the USS Roosevelt, were completed in 2002. By that time, Clark, leading a joint venture, had begun design-build efforts on the $232 million Camp John Paul Jones project. Working off the design of the prototype barracks, Clark built seven additional barracks, providing training, housing, and dining facilities for 7,400 recruits. The joint venture delivered more than 1.2 million square feet of barracks between January 2004 and July 2006 and also constructed a 750,000-gallon water tower and a railroad underpass, and performed complete utility, communication, and roadway infrastructure improvements to the 48-acre site.

In 2005, construction began on Clark’s third contract at Naval Station Great Lakes. The USS Pearl Harbor is a three-story 145,000 square-foot structure at Camp Moffett that consolidates living and in-processing functions for new recruits. When a Navy recruit first arrives at the Recruit Training Command, he or she is housed in this building until the training process begins. Clark completed the $41 million USS Pearl Harbor three months ahead of schedule.

In December 2006, the joint venture team was awarded the Camp Porter Barracks and Infrastructure project to transform an outdated 160-acre campus from a layout constrained by a vehicular grid to a recruit training-based design built to accommodate the RTC’s specific needs. Early phases of the project included demolishing 12 existing buildings that outlived their original service life, installing miles of new underground utilities and converting existing roads into 28-foot-wide marching paths.

The Camp Porter project included three new barracks — two basic military training barracks (BMTs) and a special recruit barracks (SRB). The two BMTs are concrete structures with masonry façades that share a common mechanical/electrical core and dining facilities. Combined, they provide 570,000 square feet of advanced training area. Each of these barracks accommodates 12 divisions (more than 1,000 recruits), and includes berthing quarters, classrooms, administrative space, and a barber shop. The 205,000 square-foot SRB is also a concrete structure with a masonry façade and provides space for 11 recruit divisions and was designed for recruits with special training requirements. The SRB barracks features extra classroom area, dining facilities and 72 dormitory-style rooms.

The joint venture also constructed a 30,000 square-foot simulated arms marksmanship trainer with 88 firing ranges, each equipped with a modified pistol connected to a pneumatic system to simulate the recoil of a real weapon. 

To help Camp Porter more efficiently handle and process thousands of visitors attending weekly recruit graduation ceremonies, the joint venture built the USS Yorktown, a new 20,000 square-foot visitor center, the 800-car Lake Michigan Parking Garage, and a new entry gate facility.

Chicago Building Congress - Best Infrastructure Project Merit Award