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Highly Secure AFTAC Facility Now Open

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA - With a million dollar view of the Atlantic Ocean and nearly half a million SF of space now complete, yesterday, military leaders from the Air Force Technical Application Center (AFTAC) cut the ribbon on a new facility at Patrick Air Force Base. AFTAC is responsible for tracking highly sensitive nuclear activity around the world.

Teamed with construction manager Hensel Phelps, BRPH provided architectural services for the core and shell as well as construction administration.

While unique elements had to be included in the design to maintain the security of the facility, these elements posed challenges for the design and construction teams. Working in a harsh coastal environment where highly corrosive salt air and hurricanes are common, these aspects came to the forefront of design while still keeping in mind an end goal of producing a facility that must last for a very long time.

Another important feature that proves just how critical this facility is to our national security is design for progressive collapse which means a detonation could take out a critical supporting structural column and other sections of the building will remain safely standing.

To read more about the grand opening event and the new facility, click here.

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