Camp Williams Readiness Center
Camp Williams, Utah
Best Project

Owner: State of Utah DFCM/Utah Army National Guard
Lead Design Firm: Ridgeline Design Architects
General Contractor: Jacobsen Construction Co.
Electrical Engineer: Spectrum Engineers
Design Consultants: AGEC; DC Engineering; MKK Consulting Engineers; PKJ Design Group; Sound Design International; West Coast Code Consultants
Subcontractors: Ames Construction; Confab Inc.; Heritage Roofing LC; KK Mechanical; RJ Masonry; Tech-Steel Inc.; Wilkinson Electric

This 140,600-sq-ft training center serves the Utah National Guard Special Forces and is the third structure the contractor has built at Camp Williams. The readiness center includes an assembly hall, classrooms, kitchen, offices, storage spaces, lockers, lavatories and special function spaces.

Teamwork and communication were paramount on this project because so many entities were involved in its design and construction, including numerous designers, contractors, multiple military user groups and the state of Utah—each with its own specifications and requirements.

The project included a secure area within the new building that required special background checks for all personnel working in the space. That area also included precise construction specifications, security perimeter fencing within the building and an onsite military guard during construction. Early planning and coordination were critical to the timely completion of this secure space, and the team had to make sure that all parties understood security specifications, details, access controls and inspection procedures. That included collaboration with the National Guard on background checks and the creation of a real-time document to track the status of security approvals.

Drawings and specifications were continually updated on a large-screen workstation and housed in a cloud-based program accessible to all subcontractors, owners and consultants. Tablets were used in the field so that changes were communicated to crews immediately.

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