Integrated Command CEnter
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, CO
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station asked HB&A to investigate the Cheyenne Mountain Complex’s current Command Center and then generate a workable concept for a new Integrated Command Center with an expanded mission due to the creation of the Department of Homeland Defense and NORTHCOM. The finalized concept was carried through full construction drawings on a fast track schedule.
HB&A worked closely with Cheyenne Mountain Complex and support contractor personnel and explored several options for providing functional and efficient space for the critical activities of the Command Center and its adjacent spaces. Key concerns included avoiding the costly relocation of critical infrastructure, limiting the impact on adjacent spaces, and considering the difficulties of construction within this unique installation. Requirements included doubling the size of the Command Center and significantly improving its operational capabilities, reorienting and enlarging the Battle Cab, creating a “secure” break and restroom area as well as secure circulation to increase Command Center personnel efficiency, and generally increasing the functionality of the entire Command Center operation.
The solution leaves the Command Center on the mezzanine but expands it into the current Battle Cab, doubling its size while limiting structural changes and infrastructure impacts. The Battle Cab moves up to the new third floor, where it overlooks the Command Center. A simplified, secure stairwell provides access to the Command Center, the Battle Cab, and secure support spaces. The second floor is reconfigured to accommodate the various Planning Groups and Battle Management Centers associated with the Command Center.