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February 24, 2023
Location: JBLM Mason contractor: Keystone Masonry
Architect: Burns & McDonnell
General contractor: Jabez-Absher Small Business Joint Venture
Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials
The SOF 22nd Special Tactics Squadron Operations Facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was built to allow the squadron to properly train in support of national defense objectives. Consolidating units from four separate facilities, the two-story, 85,030-square-foot building provides space for administration, training, maintenance, storage, drying tower for parachutes, two simulation areas, classrooms, medical and secure planning rooms. This vital facility provides space to maintain equipment, vehicles and boats, and issue support equipment for each squadron member.
The facility’s architectural appearance and exterior color palette were designed to integrate with the base’s architectural compatibility plan. The installation design guide requires a varied-height brick/masonry base on the buildings to well above head height with metal siding above. The facility was designed using the base standard Carib brick veneer to a height of 12 feet, 8 inches with pre-finished metal wall panels above.
The facility utilized concrete masonry units supporting an exterior brick facade. This creative and economical solution serves as an exterior membrane as well as the vertical and lateral structural system for the facility. The CMU walls were designed as special masonry shear walls, with added reinforcement to provide the necessary ductile behavior for seismic events.
Interior space was maximized by utilizing the masonry’s load bearing abilities, which eliminated the need for interior columns.
Building materials with high-recycled-content were selected to divert waste from landfills. Masonry systems align with cradle-to-cradle objectives for material longevity and future reuse.