Patrick Air Force Base Air Force Technical Applications Center
Optimizing a mission
LocationPatrick Air Force Base, Florida
RecognitionDesign-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Flad developed design-build bridging documents to replace an outdated building with a LEED Silver 276,000-square-foot, command and control replacement facility.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.
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