US Army Legal Service Agency Administrative Offices
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Square Footage: 97,300
This design/build project for the US Army Corps of Engineers is designed to accommodate the US Army Legal Services and Army Audit Agency. The project includes a 4-story headquarters facility and a separate elevated parking structure for 348 vehicles. Given the programmatic requirements to the facility and the intent of having a 50-year minimum lifespan, a primary concrete structure was selected for the administration block while the smaller court wing was developed as a steel-framed structure with sprayed-on fire proofing.
The building was developed to express the permanency of the court system and the high ideals to which the military legal system adheres. The building must also deal with the reality of a rapid construction schedule. To that end, the building exterior incorporates simple massing with two simple volumes and flat roofs that provide a transition from the adjacent new hospital facility to the more traditional pitched roofs on the base. The court wing is distinct from that of the administrative portion emphasizing its unique function.
The facility is designed to be equivalent to a high-quality private office building and includes upgraded finishes. Aesthetic and technical considerations have been addressed by including a court room with 16-18' ceiling height and 80 seat gallery, a training facilitywith a 200-seat conference room and AV equipment, rolling file storage with increased floor live load capacity, safe rooms with increased floor live load capacity, secure networking rooms and locker rooms.