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Patrick Air Force Base : Air Force Technical Applications Center


The Air Force Technical Applications Center's (AFTAC's) mission is to enhance national security through round-the-clock operation of a global network for detecting nuclear events. The building's location on Patrick Air Force Base placed it next to an airplane taxi way. In order to shield the main facility from engine noise and blown dust and debris, the design places the parking garage and central utility plant on the side of the taxi way as a buffer. The new multi-story command and control headquarters will house approximately 1,050 personnel. In order to identify and catalogue a variety of samples, the facility includes a scanning ion microscope (SIM), a transmission ion microscope (TIM), and a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). To accommodate this highly sensitive equipment, the design includes base isolation for mechanical fans and pumps, as well as isolated slabs. The AFTAC cleanroom functions to analyze ultra trace radiological materials. The area will require Class 10,000, 1,000, and 100 laboratories. The samples will be cataloged and prepped in the sample receipt lab then processed in Class 100 labs. The building is being designed to meet a LEED Silver sustainability goal.

Optimizing a mission


Design-Build Institute of America: Civic Buildings, National Award of Merit

The Air Force Technical Applications Center's mission is to enhance national security. It detects nuclear activity across the globe: underground, underwater, in the atmosphere, or in space; ensuring that countries adhere to their nuclear treaties. State-of-the-art facilities are crucial to this mission.

Flad developed design-build bridging documents to replace an outdated building with a LEED Silver 276,000-square-foot, command and control replacement facility. In addition, the project incorporates a new 38,000-square-foot radiochemistry lab with suites for sample characterization, radiochemistry operations/analysis, alpha/beta/gamma counting, and mass spectrometry.

Location: Patrick Air Force Base, Florida


"Working with the Army Corps of Engineers and its customer, the Department of Defense, our team navigated a diverse organizational structure and tenant program successfully. After exploring multiple concepts, we offered the option of unifying all the facilities into a single site to optimize their science mission. This design fosters interaction, enhances collaboration, and reduces transit time between departments, while also reducing the construction cost."

 Paul HansenAIA, LEED AP, PrincipalFlad Architects