The Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) Small Arms Repair Facility is the primary Small Arms Rebuild Center for the Department of Defense. Employees overhaul, repair and upgrade small caliber weapons, grenade launchers, mortars and more at the facility. The small arms function was located in a WWII-era industrial building that posed challenging security, temperature, and humidity controls. Some functions such as metal finishing and test firing had to be performed at other locations, resulting in higher labor costs and increased security risks.
The Small Arms Rebuild Facility project provided a new, modern facility for the operation. This $23.8 million project provided for the construction of an 83,400 sq. ft. facility made up of a 38,700 sq. ft. warehouse building renovation and the construction of a 44,700 sq. ft. addition. The new facility consolidates all weapons overhaul and testing functions under one roof within a secure, climate controlled environment. The project was designed to be LEED Silver certifiable. Sustainable features include mechanical systems that incorporate energy recovery features in order to achieve significant operating cost savings, use of low VOC materials, highly reflective roofing and paving designs, and low water usage.
Thompson Engineering, as a Joint Venture partner with Huitt-Zollars, provided civil and environmental engineering design services associated with the building renovation and addition. Site layout, pavement design, and traffic circulation were performed and modified as necessary to respond to different vehicle loadings and sizes. Thompson also designed an industrial waste pumping station and 15,000 LF of force main to convey acidic wastewater from the project to the new Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWTP). Our work included coordination with the design engineer for the new IWTP to accommodate influent from the Small Arms facility.