Beginning in 2007, the Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi decided to expand their facilities to create a more connected campus supporting the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Building. These additions included an access road, a two-story, 55,000+ square foot office building with parking and drainage, and two 10,000 square foot computer facility buildings dedicated to house a super-computer received from the federal government for research.
Access to the ITL Building had previously been obtained through the public transportation system because of its isolation from the ERDC facility. In an effort to tighten security at this location, ABMB was tasked with developing alternatives to provide direct internal access to this isolated portion of the ERDC facility. ABMB developed plans and specifications for a two-lane roadway, approximately 3,100 feet in length that includes open ditch and drainage culverts. We also completed the geometric design, design of a bridge, quantities, and cost estimates.
The two-story office building addition provided computer service rooms, laboratories, a library, mail room, storage area, multi-purpose room, break areas, restrooms, office space that accommodates approximately 300 employees, and capability of future expansions.
One of the additional 10,000 square foot computer facilities was designed with the intent of maximizing the use of Sustainable Design and Development (SSD) practices for adherence to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Site work included modifications to existing nearby roads, drainage, landscaping, and parking for approximately 130 vehicles with site lighting. Support services/facilities included electric, data and communications, heating and cooling, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, gas, fire protection, and alarm systems.