Aberdeen Proving Grounds: ARC & OMS


Client: United States Army Core of Engineers (USACE)
Project started: October 27, 2015
Project type: Army, New Construction
Project size: ARC (~69,000 SQFT); OMS (~6,300 SQFT)
Project location: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland

Basic program requirements: Classrooms; assembly; kitchen; mailroom; unit storage; fitness center; toilet/shower/locker area; offices; weapon simulator room; library
Tasks: Construction documents; space planning; exterior façade design; some project management; client meetings (on-site); construction administration (RFIs, ASIs); coordination with engineers; LEED documentation (project designed to LEED Silver); renderings
Programs: Revit Architecture, AutoCAD, Photoshop

Michael Baker International
500 Grant St #5400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-269-6300

Michael Baker International was the designer of record for a new 69,000 square foot Army Reserve Center (ARC) and 6,300 square foot Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS) at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Michael Baker’s services included architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, fire protection design, structural design, and sustainable design.

The design intent for both the Army Reserve Center and the Organizational Maintenance Shop was to marry a contemporary design suited for the Research and Development Visual Zone with traditional materials consistent with the adjacent Administrative Visual Zone, as described in the Aberdeen Proving Ground Installation Design Guide. The approach was intended to achieve a transitional aesthetic that would be harmonious with the site context, demonstrate the permanency of the ARC and OMS Buildings, and elevate the overall appearance of the area.

Brick and split face concrete masonry for both the ARC and OMS was selected to match existing adjacent construction. This consistency of the design elements and materials was intended to be harmonious with the site context in accordance with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Installation Design Guide.

I was responsible for producing the construction document set using Revit Architecture 2015, including but not limited to all detailing for the building. Additional responsibilities included space planning, the designing of the façade, coordination with the engineering disciplines, acting as the BIM/CAD manager for the project, assembling packages for the submissions, attending on-site client meetings (which included making modifications on the fly in front of the client), and producing documentation in response to DrChecks comments. All work was done under the supervision of a senior architect.