The team of Forte & Tablada, Inc., Slack Alost Architecture and BBC Engineering, Inc. provided Civil/Site and Electrical Engineering Design Services to complete the $16 million Regional Training Institute infrastructure for Camp Minden. The entire project consisted of a 40 acre site development, entrance road, drives, sewer, pump station, sewer force main, potable water, fire water/booster pump, primary electrical system of conduits for utility use, Central Plant electrical design, emergency generator system/distribution, communication system/distribution, fencing, retention pond and military vehicle parking area including lighting.
Forte & Tablada was responsible for Civil/Site and Electrical Engineering Design of the infrastructure for the entire site and 29,100 square feet of buildings. This new construction also incorporated anti-terrorism force protection standards. All buildings will be constructed for LEED Silver Certification.
The Electrical and Communication Design were particularly challenging for this project based on this portion of the infrastructure needing to be designed and installed prior to any building construction. This task required close coordination with the client while providing a design to meet the current and expected future needs of the LA ARNG.
The design of the emergency distribution system of the project included parallel 500KW diesel generators, along with the associated paralleling system, 5000 gallon diesel fuel storage tank and automatic transfer switch. Communication design provided approximately 15,000 feet of 144 single mode fiber cables and over 6000 feet of 600 pair copper telephone cables, both installed in a system of conduit and manholes for easy access. Over 2100 single mode fiber terminations and over 1100 telephone pairs were terminated before the project infrastructure was completed.