West Point Cadet Barracks Upgrade Program

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The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, is undoubtedly one of the most historically significant federal installations and educational campuses in the country. First established as a military fort in 1778, West Point is the oldest continuously-operating Army post in the United States. In order to address the modern needs of its 4,000+ cadet population, Atkins was selected to assist West Point in upgrading and modernizing its nine existing cadet barracks and supporting facilities.

Our services include a 35% design for the design-build renovation of the historic Scott Barracks, originally built in 1936, and full design services for extensive renovations of the MacArthur (Short Wing), MacArthur (Long Wing), and Pershing Barracks. Using innovative tools like our interactive 4D VIS site logistics model, we’re able to predict construction impacts and costs years in advance.

Energy-savings features are incorporated into the Scott Barracks renovations and are expected to yield an estimated 30 percent reduction in annual energy costs, while high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce water use by more than 40 percent. The modernization of the MacArthur Barracks includes building envelope rehabilitation, roof replacement, exterior stone façade repairs, and new antiterrorism/force protection compliant windows. Additional improvements include cadet room renovations to improve health and comfort, new laundry facilities, new cadet common areas, and site improvements. Each of the barracks will be designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

We’re also providing architecture and engineering services for a new, $70 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The new WWTP is designed to increase capacity to more than 2 million gallons per day to meet current and projected future needs. The state-of-the-art facility will feature closed-circuit television and energy monitoring and control systems. Because West Point is a designated pilot installation for the U.S. Army’s Net Zero sustainability initiative, all energy consumed in operating the new WWTP will be partially offset through alternative energy systems. The facility will generate power using methane gas, a by-product of the treatment process. To increase methane production, food scraps will be utilized from the cadet mess hall and other post dining facilities.

A modern convenience that will be added to the barracks buildings for the first time is air conditioning, a luxury previously unheard of for cadets throughout West Point’s 200 plus-year history. We’re designing a chilled-water plant in the basement level of the newly constructed Davis Barracks, with chilled-water pipes extending from that site to the nine other existing barracks. Because portions of West Point date back to the American Revolution, our team was particularly sensitive to the historic importance of the barracks, accommodating the guidelines of the New York State Historic Preservation Office as well as meeting security requirements from the Department of Defense’s Antiterrorism/Force Protection Directorate.

Key facts

West Point, New York

United States of America

U.S. Army Garrison-West Point; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP
Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc.
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Admiral Conservation Services II, Inc.
Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Ltd.
O’Briene & Gere (WWTP)