Pantex’s new administrative building wins best project award

  • Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 9:27 am

AMARILLO, Texas- The Engineering News-Record, (ENR), a 101-year old professional engineering publication, has selected Pantex’s John C. Drummond Center (JCDC) as the 2018 Best Project in its annual category of Government/Public buildings in the Texas-Louisiana district.

According to its website, ENR posted: “Designing a state-of-the-art, high-security complex in a remote location with a harsh climate forced the project team to get creative when it came to procuring materials and labor. The $115-million, 348,000-sq-ft JCDC, (formerly the Administrative Support Complex, or ASC) enables the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to relocate employees from its aging facilities into a modern, energy-efficient facility adjacent to Pantex.

The construction schedule was tight and with the site’s remoteness, materials and labor were distant. These challenges informed the design team’s selection of materials and building systems that could be fabricated off site in controlled environments to eliminate concerns about weather and the site’s distant location. The contractor pursued subcontractors from five different states and developed a strategy to enhance the capabilities of several small local subcontractors.

The end result was a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, three-story, precast and glass building that uses flexible floor plates and contains offices to support 1,100 federal and contractor employees. The complex includes a 365-seat sloped-floor auditorium, cafeteria, medical facility, conference center, and meeting spaces. The project was completed on time and under budget.

Brad Roquemore, Lawler-Wood Vice President said, “The Pantex JCDC (formerly ASC) is the third building that Lawler-Wood and its core team members, Turner Construction Company and STG Design, have developed at two NNSA sites. Lawler-Wood is very proud to have the opportunity to participate in the modernization of these sites, which play a vital role in our national security. It is also proud to play a key role in introducing new, creative, and cost-effective financing and construction delivery methods into the government procurement system."

Pantex JCDC Best Project Winner

Owner: Lawler-Wood
Lead Design Firm: STG Design
General Contractor: Turner Construction Co.
Civil Engineer: OJD Engineering
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers
MEP Engineer: Shah Smith & Associates Inc.
Security: BLW Security Group
Low Voltage and Audio/Visual: IMEG

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