USCENTCOM Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base
Located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the USCENTCOM headquarters project replaced the existing building with a modern facility. The Clark team worked to meet the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's high standards for safety and technology throughout the project.
The USCENTCOM Joint Intelligence Center was broken into two phases and included the construction of a 257,000 square-foot, four-story office building, central utility plant, mitigation pond, and a 350,000-gallon above-ground, pre-stressed concrete storage tank. Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) areas exist throughout the structure.
During the first phase of the project, Clark managed the installation of underground utilities, a backup generator, telecommunications wiring infrastructure, audio/video infrastructure, and coordinated uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system. Phase II of the project consisted of the demolition of the existing 220,000 square-foot headquarters building and the construction of a separate reception center with parking and landscaping, as well as the installation of security fencing.
The USCENTCOM headquarters has over 30,000 square-feet of data/server space. This includes three large server/data rooms, telecommunications rooms, and a smaller server room. Clark furnished and installed the HDHPL access flooring, fire protection, furniture, finishes, and the Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units in all server and telecommunication rooms, as well as the fiber racks in the telecommunications rooms. Working very closely with the government throughout the MEP coordination process, Clark ensured that the necessary infrastructure was installed and properly coordinated with the government’s equipment layout. This facility has double power redundancy to protect mission critical equipment in the event of an unexpected power disruption.
The building can withstand hurricane winds and explosive blasts and has a sub-floor network of thousands of miles of securely-encased cables. There is a sleeping quarters complex for the commander, a 22-foot-long video monitor in a conference room with theater seating, and a joint analysis center with an even bigger monitor.
The project accrued more than 700,000 manhours without recording a single lost-time injury. During construction, the project team thoroughly planned all activities and worked in concert with subcontractors to ensure safety was a priority. The team developed a mentoring relationship with many subcontractors, helping them embrace new safety techniques and technologies.
Central Command engineers decided the USCENTCOM Joint Intelligence Center should be the installation’s first LEED Certified (achieved LEED Gold certification) building and a flagship facility for the Department of Defense. BIM was central to these efforts. Moreover, a combination of factors, including a better BIM-based design, resulted in the the construction contract being far below the original budget, saving the government millions of dollars.