The New Marine Security Guard Quarters (MSGQ) project was a comprehensive effort that involved designing and constructing a new living space for the guards. The facility was designed to be modern, functional, and accessible, with a focus on creating a comfortable and inviting living environment. The three-story building, with a partial basement and three concrete canopies, was constructed on a sloping site that exceeded 20% in some areas, but the design took into account the challenges of the site and ensured that the basement was accessible at grade.
The construction of the MSGQ utilized reinforced cast-in-place concrete structural systems, providing a strong, durable, and long-lasting building. The exterior of the building was finished with stone cladding, creating a sleek and modern appearance that would be easy to maintain and withstand the elements. The roof was designed with a window washing chair rope descent system, allowing for safe and efficient maintenance of the building's windows.
The interior of the MSGQ was designed with a focus on comfort and functionality, with floor finishes chosen for their durability and aesthetic appeal. Stone flooring was used in the main living areas, providing a warm and elegant atmosphere. Bathrooms and service areas were finished with tile and sealed concrete, which were easy to clean and maintain. Carpet was used in the bedrooms, providing a comfortable and cozy environment for rest and relaxation. Ceilings were mostly made of gypsum, with a few exceptions such as the exercise room which was finished with direct-applied acoustical tile and some of the main living areas which were finished with linear wood or metal panels.
The site civil engineering scheme was a critical component of the project, and great care was taken to ensure that it was designed and executed to the highest standards. The scheme involved grading, drainage, paving, landscape, irrigation, and utilities, all of which were integrated to create a functional and visually pleasing environment. The new building services were connected to the existing utilities provided on site, including the sanitary sewer, domestic cold water, and site storm drainage system, ensuring that the building would have access to all the necessary services.
In addition to the MSGQ, the project also included the construction of new outdoor recreation areas, new parking spaces, and a new access control facility. These components were all designed to complement the MSGQ and provide a comprehensive living environment for the guards. The project was a significant investment in the local community and was designed to meet the needs of the guards for years to come.
Client: U.S. DoS Overseas Buildings Operations
Prime Contractor: Epik International Inc.
Designer: DLR Group Sorg
Contract Type: Design & Build
Contract Value: $21,750,000
Completion: June 2020