Office of the Chief, Army Reserve Achieves LEED Gold

 Office of the Chief, Army Reserve by Fentress Architects

Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2012) Fentress Architects is pleased to announce that the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR) has exceeded client expectations to achieve LEED Gold certification. Designed by Fentress Architects as part of the Hensel Phelps/Fentress Architects design-build team, the new OCAR building was one of the final projects awarded under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). To meet the mandated BRAC funding expiration date, the team designed and constructed the headquarters within a 51-week fast track project schedule.

OCAR serves as the primary office for Lieutenant General Jack C. Stultz, the Chief, Army Reserve (CAR) and his administrative staff for Army Reserve personnel, operations and funding. The CAR is responsible for plans, policies and programs affecting all Army Reserve Soldiers, including those who report directly to the Army. The three-story, 88,350-square foot OCAR office building offers a contemporary approach to Ft. Belvoir’s historic design guidelines, and respects the design requirements of the National Capital Planning Commission and the height restrictions of the adjacent Friends Meeting House.

Sustainable Efficiency 

The building is designed with exceptional insulation within the building envelope, comprised of precast concrete with a high recycled content. High efficiency       glazing adds to this increased thermal value, reducing solar heat gain without the need for exterior sunshades. Along with high-efficiency lighting systems, lighting controls, and central cooling / heating equipment, this building achieves a savings of almost 20% in energy reduction. In addition to energy conservation achievements, the design-build team diverted of almost all construction waste from landfills, made use of local materials, and implemented construction management strategies to improve indoor air quality.

Design For People

Part of an historic view corridor, the main façade of OCAR’s new building presents a formal command appearance along Goethals Road. This ceremonial entrance is celebrated with glazed curtainwall and a metal panel canopy.   An intuitive and efficient secondary staff entry is located along the south elevation. Fentress Architects also designed the

U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) joint headquarters building in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. USARC is the nation’s premier provider of Citizen-Soldiers for planned and emerging missions at home and abroad.

Location: Ft. Belvoir, Virginia,
Client: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
Building Size: 88,350 square feet
Cost: $19,563,000