USAF – Westover VAQ Renovation

Visiting Airman Quarters (VAQs), Westover Air Reserve Base – Chicopee, MA

Two of the base’s existing VAQs required upgrades of the infrastructure, interiors, and egress, as well as complete replacement of the windows.  Full-height, enclosed elevator and stair egress additions were constructed at both ends of each 3-story building, increasing the area of each builiding by 3,300 square feet (SF).

A blast evaluation and a dynamic nonlinear progressive collapse analysis were performed in accordance with the current Unified Facility Criteria (UFC) requirements. Based on the results of the evaluation and analysis, blast-resistant window frames and connections were designed and detailed.  To comply with the progressive collapse requirements, glass and carbon fiber reinforcement were selected to strengthen the cast-in-place concrete structure.

In addition, a full seismic analysis was completed in accordance with ASCE/SEI 41.

Estimated construction cost: $18.5 million total

  • Size: 57,158 SF (28,579 SF each building)
  • LEED Silver
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