Fort McCoy Dining Facility (DFAC)


Client: United States Army Core of Engineers (USACE)
Project started: May 31, 2016
Project type: Army, New Construction
Project size: ~21,000 square feet
Project location: Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

Basic program requirements: Kitchen; dining room/area; loading dock
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 21,000 square foot Dining Facility (DFAC) at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Michael Baker’s services included architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, fire protection design, mechanical design, plumbing design, civil design, structural design, and sustainable design. The “green building” was designed to obtain LEED silver certification, with points in the categories of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. The building was also designed to meet Antiterrorism and Force Protection (AT/FP) requirements.

The building exterior was designed to be consistent with the materials and architecture of the existing buildings at Fort McCoy and therefore features a masonry façade with a standing seam metal roof and dark bronze windows and doors. The interiors were meant to be light and airy with a slight contemporary twist, but still be durable and easily cleanable per the Unified Facilities Criterias (UFCs). Due to cost constraints, the project consisted of 12 bid alternates.

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.