December 8th, 2011
We recently began work on two interesting new projects, one for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and one for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Building T-100 at Fort Shafter, Oahu, Hawaii will be undergoing renovations to create a new VIP Reception room and a Crisis Action Mission Command Center, as well as remodeling an existing conference room into a sound proof room with secure communications, capable of hosting Top Secret meetings. Built in 1944, the building is part of the Palm Circle National Historic Landmark, making this project a blend of a historic preservation project and a high technology renovation.
The Blackfoot Dam Gatehouse is a project for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Fort Hall Irrigation Project to provide a new shelter over the dam’s gateworks. The existing concrete structure is crumbling apart and upon investigation we found that warm water pulled from the bottom of the reservoir and channeled through the gateworks under the building is creating warmth and humidity within the structure and causing a high amount of condensation, quickly destroying the concrete structure. Without power available to provide mechanical ventilation we are challenged to solve the problem using only ingenuity and the natural environment. With a solution in hand we are currently moving forward on the construction documents and anticipate a spring construction start.
January 27th, 2011
According to a recent article in Retail Traffic Online, the Architectural Billing Index rose in December for the second month in a row. While we may be lagging a bit behind in the Treasure Valley, this is good news for the economy because architectural billings tend to predict construction spending 9-12 months out. If your interested in the full article you can read it here…
January 27th, 2011
BRS Architects and our team of engineering consultants is well underway on our design for various repair and renovation projects in this three story underground building used by a wide range of government agencies and military branches. Working in a design-build team with Performance Systems, Inc., we have established an effective communication stream for the many questions and clarifications required when working in an old, mostly undocumented structure such as this.
We’re currently awating Government review comments on our 65% complete submittal, but have already completed a contractor / sub-contractor review and comment process to maximize constructability and cost effectiveness of the design. Once we receive the 65% review comments we’ll turn around a 100% complete submittal in approximately three weeks and look to be on our way to completing the design portion of the contract ahead of schedule.