Working with Whiting-Turner, KCI provided site/civil, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, structural, and geotechnical engineering, and surveying services for the child development center (CDC). Three components comprise the new development situated on a 5.5-acre site at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. The project includes a single-story, 34,291-square-foot CDC to support an additional 300 children, a single-story 5,262-square-foot new continuous child care facility (CCCF) to support 20 children, and the renovation of 2,992 square feet in the existing CDC.
This CDC, for children from six weeks through five years of age, also provides radiant heat flooring, administrative support spaces, a reception area, offices, training room, staff support, break room, storage area, facility support, kitchen with a loading area, janitor’s closet, laundry area, mechanical room, telecommunication, electrical closets, and a closed circuit TV room. The renovation involved converting two infant rooms to pre-school and toddler rooms respectively; the conversion of a pre-toddler room to a training room; and renovation of the lobby, administrative, supportive space, and corridor. Fire protection, heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), mechanical, electrical, telecommunication, and security systems were installed. Electrical engineers used Building Information Modeling (BIM) design data to quickly perform load and voltage drop calculations and feed information schedules. The 3-D model also facilitated coordination for congested equipment rooms with tight clearances.
Site improvements included driveways, parking areas, exterior playground areas with security fencing, shade and storage structures, access drive for emergency vehicles, bus shuttle stop, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and the associated service utilities. In addition, a screened dumpster enclosure and loading area was provided. This project conforms to all Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection standards and LEED Silver requirements.