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The A&D /Tectonics Design/Build team has been working diligently teaming with NAVFAC and the end users to complete design and start on ESOC (Early Start of Construction). The teaming effort is paying off and the features that have been designed into this new Navy Operation Support Center are simply incredible. A tour was conducted of the new Albuquerque NOSC and the team was able to learn of their strengths and weaknesses.
NOSC provides operational training and administrative support for the Navy Reserve mission-capable units and individuals throughout the full range of operations during peacetime and war. The Navy Reserve represents 20% of the Navy's total assets and is a significant force multiplier that has growing global commitments in which the fleet is required to meet.
The new NOSC building at Luke AFB will accommodate full-time command and administrative staff, a medical unit, and over 400 reservists during drill weekends. The design strives to provide an enduring and unique character that is elegant, straight forward, esthetically pleasing, and harmonious with the natural setting. Emphasis is placed upon durability, operational efficiency, sustainability, and low maintenance of materials and systems which are expected to perform for 50 years.
Besides providing a highly functional environment developed with extensive user input, the NOSC has been designed to be an exemplary model of sustainability for the Navy. Notable features include a 60kW Photovoltaic solar array for on-site renewable energy, an active digital metering exhibit inter-connected to the electric and water meters that will display in real time the current water and energy savings of the building, and a robust thermal envelope for the building. The project team used an integrated approach to design with the intentions of earning the highest level of LEED-NC v2.2 certification possible given the budget, timeline and location. The project is currently pursuing LEED Platinum certification.