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November 10, 2016
Location: Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Mason contractor: Keystone Masonry
Architect: Burns & McDonnell
Owner: Washington Army National Guard
General contractor: RQ Construction
Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials (brick), Basalite Concrete Products (CMU)
The Information Operations Readiness Center (IORC) is the 127,000-square-foot headquarters for the Theater Information Operation Group of the Washington Army National Guard.
The new facility houses an assembly hall, classrooms, learning center and specialized administrative planning, briefing and support areas for five operational units.
The new IORC facility provides a secure environment. The exterior design features elements that are reminiscent of the old Fort Lewis district of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The exterior wall assembly consists of a masonry cavity wall construction with ground-face CMU veneer on the first floor and an upper floor of modular brick veneer with precast concrete copings, windowsills and accents. The interior wall assembly consists of load-bearing CMU on the first floor for enhanced security and acoustical performance.
These elements reflect the architectural character of JBLM and the National Guard’s desired 50-year building life.