It’s been a year since Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Washington broke ground on the new Marine Corps Wargaming and Analysis Center at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, and the project is taking shape. With NAVFAC Washington and construction contractor Clark Construction Group, LLC, approaching the 50% completion mark, it’s time for the Marine Corps to take a peek at a new center of war gaming.
The Wargaming and Analysis Center will provide Marines with next-generation technology to better visualize the threat environment and gain a competitive advantage over adversaries. The center will bring staff and visiting leaders together in one place and double the number of war games the force can host each year.
“The Wargaming and Analysis Center will provide a significant capability to the Marine Corps,” said Capt. Benjamin Lepard, NAVFAC Washington operations officer. “The threat environment posed by our closest adversaries is changing every day, and this project is on the fast track to providing facilities that will enhance the ability of Marine Corps warfighters to defeat those threats. This facility represents a game changer for the way we approach future warfighting capabilities.”
To meet the Marine Corps wargaming mission at MCB Quantico, the military construction project consists of three primary structures – a 100,000 square foot wargaming and analysis center, an attached parking facility spanning 130,000 square feet, and an Area Distribution Node (ADN), a separate structure supporting communications services for the facility. .
The Wargaming Center is designed as a low-rise, Georgian-style facility with cast stone, brick facades and asphalt shingle roofs. The facility will include an auditorium, gaming classroom, game cell, breakout room and conference room. The parking facility will be a multi-story, pre-cast concrete structure with an auger cast pile foundation. The ADN facility is a precast concrete structure with an auger cast pile foundation. The total current contract value of the entire construction project is $79 million.
NAVFAC Washington is currently managed on site by Robert Simmons, civil construction manager. Simmons previously served 10 years in uniform as a Seabee in the Navy. He was Director of Facilities Engineering Acquisitions at the Department of Public Works Dahlgren from August 2017 to May 2019 and was the Construction Manager and Supervising Engineer for Engineering Technology until his retirement in June 2020. He served according to the tradition of his parents. His mother is a Navy Nurse Corps veteran and his father served as an active duty Marine for 20 years.
“There is a large team of stakeholders involved in this project, and there is healthy communication that supports the team’s collaborative efforts that have brought the project to this stage of construction and will continue to lead it to successful completion,” Simmons said.
At this stage of the Wargaming Center construction, the structural steel has been erected and the fireproofing of the steel is almost complete. Aggregate piers, columns and concrete building slabs have been placed and metal and concrete decks have been installed for the second floor. Roof trusses have been erected and decking, insulation and sheathing have been placed for the roof. Utility lines and piping are installed to provide electricity, water, sewer, natural gas and telecommunications services throughout the site.
The concrete shell of the ADN building is complete, including all roof work. Most of the cast stone and brick facade is in place. A pre-cast concrete frame has also been erected for parking facility. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins for ADN and parking facilities are underway.
“Future war gaming and analysis operations at this facility will impact the Marine Corps’ force design efforts as well as decisions made about how Marines are trained and equipped,” Simmons said. “The project team is focused on working together to deliver a state-of-the-art facility that will support these critical functions for years to come.”
The center is located adjacent to the Marine Corps University and not far from several mid- and senior-level Marine office schools and training programs. Its proximity is designed to allow cross-pollination of ideas from schools for concept testing at the centre.
Construction of the Marine Corps Wargaming and Analysis Center is on budget and on schedule, with completion estimated in the summer of 2023.
|Date Posted:||07.25.2022 16:08|
|Location:||Quantico, VA, US|
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