Construction Underway on Weapons Armament Technology Center at China Lake

KMA Architecture & Engineering (KMA) announced that construction is underway on the P-745 Weapons Armament Technology Center at Naval Air Weapons Station.
 
 
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June 14, 2010 - PRLog -- KMA Architecture & Engineering (KMA) announced that construction is underway on the P-745 Weapons Armament Technology Center at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake in Ridgecrest, Calif. Construction is expected to be complete on the $68 million project by July 2010.

In a design/build partnership with Barnhart Balfour Beatty, KMA designed the 177,718-square-foot research and development facility for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake in the Mojave Desert. It includes technical and management support offices, general engineering laboratories, secure compartmentalized information facility spaces and conference facilities.

“We helped design a world-class building that is truly as cutting-edge as the advanced military research that will be going on inside,” says KMA Senior Associate James Belmont. “In addition to the environmentally-friendly features and energy efficiencies, the building is being designed to withstand extreme desert conditions that include 100 mile an hour winds and temperatures that range from 15 degrees in the winter to over 100 degrees in the heat of the summer.”

The state-of-the-art, two-story project, which will also include 618 above ground parking stalls and extensively landscaped open space, was designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification standards with the potential for Gold certification. KMA proposed the two story structure to reduce the footprint of the building and preserve more open space for landscaping.

The building, constructed with steel framing and concrete tilt-up, will house hundreds of engineers and researchers and serves as a showcase facility for advanced concepts in military weapons systems.

NAWS China Lake is the high desert home of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, an organization within Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The Navy and Marine Corps have developed or tested nearly every significant airborne weapon system in the past six decades at China Lake. The facility supports the primary research and development, test and evaluation work for air warfare and missile weapons systems. Missiles such as Sidewinder, Shrike and Walleye are just a few of the many products at China Lake, which have been developed for the fleet.

China Lake encompasses 1.1 million acres of land in California's upper Mojave Desert, accounting for approximately one-third of the Navy's total land holdings. The land, ranging in altitude from 2,100 to 8,900 feet, varies from flat dry lake beds to rugged piñon pine covered mountains.

The firm’s project team consists of Don Blair, Rich Guerena and Heather Mertes. KMA also provided electrical and mechanical engineering services. The structural and civil engineer is KPFF and the landscape architect is Teshima Design. RJA, DTR, Brummitt, Weidlinger and Hasenbeck Interiors also provided services to the project.

Headquartered in San Diego, KMA has provided integrated architectural, engineering and planning services throughout Southern California and the Western United States since 1973. The company's services include site selection assistance, land planning, programming, scheduling, project design, mechanical and plumbing engineering, field supervision and construction administration. KMA also offers Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) accredited professionals with expertise in the development of sustainable, high-performance buildings.  KMA’s design project ResMed won People’s Choice Orchid in the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s annual Orchids & Onions Awards. For more information, please call 619- 276-7710 or visit www.kma-ae.com.

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