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WRA Wins the NAVFAC 2015 Merit Award for Facility Design .

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) awarded WRA with the 2015 Merit Award for Facility Design for our design of P-028V Marine Corps Reserve Center in Brunswick, Maine.

This new LEED Gold certified reserve center supports the readiness, training and administrative needs of A Company 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division.  The focal point of Marine training in Brunswick, Maine is this new 19,000 SF center. Reservists use this facility to hone physical strength as well as complex military strategies. Designed to fully support Marine preparedness for times of war or national emergencies, this facility is complete with a drill hall, arms vault, firearms training simulator, classrooms, medical suite, fitness center, as well as offices and secure and non-secure telecommunications. The building is also open for public use on special occasions, such as family weekends and charity initiatives. The reserve center is located on a densely wooded parcel, and consists of contrasting masonry walls, aluminum panels, and a standing seam metal roof to produce a contemporary façade. Special construction features include built in equipment, Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls for higher insulation value, and a rainwater harvesting system.

A panel of expert judges composed of private sector and government service design professionals selected 12 projects for awards this year. When looking at WRA’s work, “The jury was most taken with the simplicity and spatial character of this project. The use of natural daylighting and durable material made this a very enticing project.”

"We congratulate this year's winners for exemplifying NAVFAC's planning and design excellence," said NAVFAC Chief Engineer and Capital Improvements Business Line Director Joseph Gott. "This program recognizes exceptional planning and design projects that are based on excellence in global and regional planning, facility plans and studies, new facility design, family housing, building alteration, reuse, and interior design," he explained.


Click here to read the Naval Facilities Engineering Command press release on Design Excellence Awards.