Surface Sensors & Combat Systems Facility

Dahlgren, Virginia

An existing Naval center gains new functions.

When base closures brought new functions to the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren, they needed a new structure that could serve the research and development needs of U.S. Navy scientists and engineers. Haskell’s solution was an unassuming 59,000-square-foot structure that blends with its surroundings and protects the highly technical interior testing and operations.

We united useful workspaces with complex testing areas.

Designers successfully integrated the facility’s diverse functions into a highly sustainable LEED® Gold certified facility. Laboratories, computing areas, office spaces, conference rooms and control rooms are functionally integrated alongside state-of-the-art electronics, advanced technology and a specialized RF (radio frequency) shielded anechoic chamber.

Beneficial occupancy delivered six months before contracted date.

The facility’s complex, mission-critical internal components, and diverse users and uses, demanded a seamless delivery method: integrated design-build. With in-house design and construction personnel fully engaged throughout the project, the result was a LEED Gold certified, streamlined facility that could support personnel with well-tested, dependable systems. In fact, design-build methodology helped the facility enter into service six months ahead of schedule.

  • 59,000 SF research and development facility was completed six months ahead of schedule
  • Specialized anechoic chamber lets U.S. and allies test communications antennae in an electromagnetically RF (radio frequency) shielded environment
  • First Coast Chapter Excellence in Construction Award – Associated Builders and Contractors 2010
  • LEED Gold Certified – 41 points (v2.2). Exceeded contractual requirements
  • Materials – 31% of building materials came from recycled sources, and 32% were produced locally. Diverted more than 94% of construction waste from landfill
  • Water Conservation – Reduced water use by 34%
  • Energy Conservation – Reduced energy use by 14%
Vice President & Division Leader – Federal

Haskell’s team has been proactive — identifying and resolving potential issues before any impact occurs. Their attention to detail and execution schedule has been commendable. I would highly recommend them for any future work involving complex facilities with demanding customer requirements."

Jay A. Ryskamp
Senior Design Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center
SSCSF building exterior with snow on the ground

Haskell’s team has been proactive — identifying and resolving potential issues before any impact occurs. Their attention to detail and execution schedule has been commendable. I would highly recommend them for any future work involving complex facilities with demanding customer requirements."

Jay A. Ryskamp
Senior Design Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center
shielded exterior of anechoic chamber

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