RAIDRS Space Monitoring Center
Peterson Air Force Base, CO
The purpose of this project was to develop a Design/ Build RFP Document to represent the needs of the Rapid Attack Identification Detection Reporting System, Space Control Squadron (RAIDRS SCS) at Peterson AFB, Colorado. The RAIDRS project consists of the active duty 16th SCS, as well as the 380th Reserve Unit. The new, permanent facility is to be constructed in the Peterson East area of the base, within the existing 76th compound including adequate administrative, maintenance, storage, high bay, and secure operational space. The HB&A team developed the design to a 65% completion level.
The exterior of the facility was designed to meet all requirements set forth in the Peterson AFB Facilities Excellence Plan and follows the aesthetic guidelines in the Peterson East Character Area, with the use of brick and metal panels with radiused corners. The west and south side of the building incorporates sun shading devices to lower solar heat gain but still allow for outstanding views to the Front Range beyond. The atrium space features a large volume and clearstory windows for large gatherings and ceremonies. Solatube skylights are used throughout the facility, bringing natural light into the high bay and storage areas, improving the quality of the space and helping to reduce artificial lighting costs. A solar wall is installed on the south side of the mechanical room to support the building mechanical systems during the winter months.
The RAIDRS facility design supports a wide range of technical, mechanical, administrative and training functions. Therefore, the interior finish materials and elements are transitional, functional, aesthetic, sustainable, and maintainable for the varied uses while sharing a common concept. The concept considers and balances the forms, patterns, colors, textures, and details of each element for a consistent flow through the facility.