As a subconsultant to Hitt Contracting, KCI provided construction quality control management and inspection services for the design-build contract to relocate the Crystal City/Navy Annex to the historic location at the Naval Support Facility, now referred to as the Arlington Service Center. Eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the U.S. Naval Radio Station in Arlington, Virginia, was the site of the first transatlantic radio reception received from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the broadcast transmitter of America’s entrance into WWI in 1917.
The project included design and renovation of the existing facility complex (Buildings 1, 2, 12 and 15) to accommodate the relocation of government personnel formerly located in Crystal Park 5 in Crystal City, Virginia. Buildings 1 and 2, which were built in 1911 and 1913, respectively, of brick construction with ornamental stonework in the second Renaissance revival style, were converted into office space. Built in the 1940s, Building 12 is a four-story masonry facility with EIFS finish that required structural rehabilitation and interior renovations. Building 15, a masonry single-story, high-bay warehouse facility with mezzanine, was converted into two-story office space.
Renovation of the facility/complex included structural upgrades; installation of elevators to correct accessibility issues; electrical system improvements; and anti-terrorism/force protection (ATFP) features such as progressive collapse and compliance with proper standoff distances. The project was completed in two phases, and had an aggressive five-month construction schedule with shift work. KCI provided a full-time night-shift alternate quality control (CQ) manager, full-time night and day QC specialists, and additional fire protection and elevator QC specialists as required.
The fast-track nature of the project required constant communication with the architect on the design-build team. KCI not only had to review submittals immediately after they were submitted, but also had to prioritize them for approval and ensure that preparatory meetings were held before the start of construction. This required a detailed tracking log, which was reviewed weekly.
The facilities are now LEED silver-equivalent and comply with EPACT 2005, including 30 percent energy reduction below ASHRAE 90.1 guidelines.