The Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans is the national headquarters for the Marine Forces Reserve. The secure installation includes a four-story main building, a two-story band annex, a detached warehouse and a multi-purpose parade ground for music and military exercises.
The 411,000-square-foot main building was constructed using tilt-up concrete wall panels, which saved the owner $2 million and accelerated the schedule by three months. Textured paint, intricate rustication patterns and cast-in thin brick accent this massive structure. Cornice details were cast integrally with the wall panels, providing significant cost savings to the owner. The sheer size of the building and the tight schedule required extensive coordination and pre-planning for the design-build team. More than 190 wall panels were poured, including panels as tall as 72 feet high and weighing as much as 130,000 lbs.
Inside, the building features a gymnasium, indoor laser firing range, auditorium, cafeteria and courtroom, as well as family meeting rooms, conference rooms, band practice rooms and officer quarters. This building is one of the first buildings to use exterior tilt-up wall panels to fulfill progressive collapse avoidance requirements for military facilities. Structurally, it is designed to meet anti-terrorism and force protection criteria, federal blast standards and emergency readiness standards. It will also meet the LEED certification requirements. Based on the location, the facility is designed to meet hurricane protection criteria.