The East Campus development at Fort Meade connects various cyberspace resources to support war-fighting efforts to defend the nation’s information security environment. General Keith Alexander defines the mission as having three components: defending the nation, supporting the combatant commands, and defending the DOD information networks. The new East Campus Building Two (ECB2) is the largest component of the East Campus development and provides secure facilities and capabilities for our nations’ critical cyber security elements.
As part of the Clark Construction design-build team, Wiley|Wilson provided the civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems design for this $650M project working in collaboration with the lead design architect, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK). The ECB2 project consists of a new 7-story secure administration building, central utility plant located in the basement of the building, and structured parking garage expansion.
The building mechanical design optimizes energy use while providing high reliability and redundancy to all systems. Chillers, cooling towers, heat exchangers, water pumps, and boilers have N+1 redundancy. The HVAC system uses dedicated outside air units, space air handling units, makeup air units and dedicated exhaust systems. The UPS rooms, substation rooms, server rooms, and communication rooms are cooled by chilled water computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units in an N+1 configuration. Electrical systems are highly reliable and energy-efficient with appropriate redundancies that will deliver mission-critical power and IT services throughout the building. Medium voltage power and standby power designs tie in to the existing power systems for the campus.