The facility is as much an integrated campus as an Operations Center.
This project is much more than its title conveys. As development grows throughout the region, so must Hampton Roads Sanitation District grow to service it. One of the consequences of growing incrementally is that you also add facilities and staff incrementally as needed. HRSD had reached the point where it needed to not only upgrade aging facilities, but to also gather widespread departments in a single location for operational efficiency. So this facility is as much an integrated campus as it is an Operations Center.
HRSD had worked out what their program needs were, but with such a large and varied facility they needed to be comfortable that design intentions could also be managed with budget realities. They turned to the design-build delivery method understanding that the designers and the contractors working together were both integral to achieving that. The Design Build team was successful because of a long and well developed working relationship.
Although housed in a single structure, this new campus includes interior vehicle bays with a large parts storage mezzanine, electrical repair shop and small parts storage, vehicle repair bays and machine shop, apprentice training classrooms for welding and field repair operations, and multiple department administration functions. Those administration areas include pollution prevention with its own sampling and testing lab, water quality control, field technicians with locker and shower facilities, systems operations, engineering department with documents library, multiple conference spaces, dividable classrooms, and IT with main servers. The outside portion of the campus includes an expansive parts storage yard, material storage bins for gravel and sand, and vehicle fueling for gas and diesel.
But those are just the facts. Here are some points of interest in the design and construction. The site contained an abandoned army base treatment plant and a massive field of concrete paving from a former composting operation, that was all milled down and re-used for paving base and the outdoor storage yard. The brick was manufactured with recycled ash from HRSD’s incinerators. The entire structure is a pre-engineered metal building, including the administration wing, saving money to be used for other upgrades. The building was designed for a Cat I hurricane with missile impact windows, and includes a whole-building backup generator and storm ride-out room. Construction cost savings allowed HRSD to include some enhanced storm water management methods in keeping with their mission to be stewards of the environment. The facility achieved LEED Silver certification.