The need for a state-of-the-art training course to properly prepare U.S. soldiers in the detection, avoidance and disarming of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) led to a partnership between Thompson Engineering, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction, and the U.S. Navy. As part of a design-build team, Thompson Engineering provided planning, architectural, and engineering design services at Camp Keller in Woolmarket, Mississippi.
The project’s main focus was the development of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) Battle Course, complete with mock village houses, an urban battlefield with street-side building facades, winding vehicle roads of varying widths and lengths, a foot path through a natural landscape and a pedestrian overpass spanning two roadways. The JIEDDO training course is designed to assist in training military personnel in real-world situations, specifically, on how to safely deal with IEDs.
Work to provide a self-contained training area called for Thompson’s expertise in storm water design, potable water and sanitary sewer connections, as well as HVAC and electrical systems. In addition, the training areas were designed so that a LEED 2.2 Silver Certification could be obtained. The JIEDDO Battle Course also utilizes a Classroom and Training Building designed by Thompson Engineering.