Fort Jackson, located in Columbia, S.C., is home to approximately 3,900 active-duty soldiers and 5,200 civilians; it is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army. The starship barracks on the post were built in the 1970s and required renovations and additions to meet the expanding functional and technical needs of the troops housed on base.
Woolpert provided design services totaling approximately $75 million for the post under contracts with Balfour Beatty. The first contract included renovations to two barracks, as well as the design of a new track and training facility. Renovations included improving the buildings’ energy efficiency by more than 30 percent in addition to creating a better insulated envelope and airtight buildings. The buildings are also eligible for LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The second portion of the services included the design of two quad dining facility (DFAC) buildings that serve 2,600 troops, additions and renovations to three 32,000-square-foot starship barracks and a new substation to provide power service for these expansions. The two DFAC buildings include two stacked dining facilities that are situated back to back and can serve more than 5,700 troops per meal. They are the largest single mess hall facility built at a base and were designed using LEED principles.
Services for the two projects include survey; civil; architecture; mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP); and fire protection engineering.