Ocean Sciences Laboratory

Stennis Space Center, Hancock County / Bay St. Louis, MS

This Design-Build Contract was for a 171,600 sq. ft., two-story steel frame structure which holds offices for administrative and data-processing functions, and more than 10 scientific laboratories. It contains classified and unclassified spaces, conference rooms and vending areas. This structure was built to be certifiable under the LEED classification. It maximizes resources efficiently with features such as a reflective white roof and drought-resistant landscaping. Site work consisted of a total 600 55-ft and 65-ft auger cast piles. The building slab was placed with 5200 cubic yards of 4000 pounds per-square-inch (psi) concrete, with a thickness ranging from 9-inches to 12-inches. A 100,000 sq. ft. ramp area was constructed with 650 psi flex mix design concrete. The building consists of 1,000,000 linear feet, or almost 190 miles, of communications and data cabling. The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) primary offices and laboratories included in the complex are a Current Meter Lab, Engineering Sonar Lab, Glider Lab, Mechanical Lab, METOC Enterprise Engineering Laboratory, Optics Lab, Pressure Vessel Lab, Shipboard Configuration Center and Ocean Sensor Calibration Lab, Shipboard Systems Lab, Shore Test Equipment Allowance Program, and Systems Integration Lab.

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