San Diego-based KMA Architecture & Engineering and Fallbrook-based Straub Construction have begun work on a design-build Infantry Training Center and Grounds Maintenance Building at Camp Pendleton.

Construction of the project, which is seeking LEED certification, is expected to be completed by fall 2010.

The $10-million project will incorporate sustainable features including photovoltaic panels on roofs to offset building energy costs by 12.5 percent and water efficient landscaping with drought-tolerant native plant species to reduce irrigation requirements by 50 percent. Overall water-use reduction will be achieved with low-flow fixtures and a stormwater system that captures and treats stormwater runoff from 90 percent of the average annual rainfall. The project is designed to meet LEED gold certification standards.

The project will be built in two phases. The first phase of construction will include the removal of the existing maintenance building and construction of the main parking lot and the new Grounds Maintenance Building.

The second phase will include the construction of a rear parking lot and the new Infantry Training Center, which houses three entities that will have separate entries. Once the building is occupied, a pedestrian walkway and small parking lot will be constructed.

The project team includes: Berg Engineering, civil engineer; DS Engineering, mechanical engineer; MPE Consulting, electrical engineer; and SMR Consulting Group, structural engineer. Additionally, K. Killman Design is the interior designer, and Crescere Design is the landscaper.