This new two-story, 220,000 sf Armed Forces Reserve Center, houses nine units of the Oregon National Guard’s 41st Infantry Brigade and eight units of the U.S. Army Reserve. The facility includes administrative and meeting spaces, family welfare, recruiting, classrooms, unit storage, physical fitness areas, band practice facilities, an auditorium, assembly hall and kitchen facilities.
While staying under budget, BBL Architects and the Design-Build Team surpassed the Oregon Military Department's LEED Silver goal and designed this building to achieve LEED Gold. By focusing on energy conservation measures, Camp Withycombe uses 26.6% less energy than the LEED baseline levels, dramatically reducing energy costs for OMD over the life of the building.
Other sustainable strategies include the use of over 8,700 SF of translucent skylights and clerestory windows, offering diffused daylight while reducing solar gain and glare. Carefully placed light shelves, skylights and exterior and interior clerestory windows provide daylight penetration to approximately 90% of the building while retaining optimum security. Demand-controlled light fixtures maximize the natural daylight design effectiveness by continually adjusting fixture output to achieve optimum illumination.
Innovative design credits were awarded for reducing the potable water usage by 48% over LEED baseline levels, and the specialized design of chemical-free cooling tower water treatment.