The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is a federal entity (Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency) and is the designated federal training center engaged in preparing emergency first responders. The CDP occupies six major areas of the former Fort McClellan. Thompson Engineering was contracted to completely renovate a section of the main administrative building, known as Faith Wing. Originally constructed in the 1950s, this wing is three stories and approximately 37,500 sq. ft.
Renovations included numerous conference rooms and classrooms, an auditorium for interactive instruction and virtual simulations, toilet and shower rooms, a kitchen, lounges, and dining areas. The project required upscale interior finishes and furnishings and a substantial amount of audio, video, and information technology systems.
A new elevator on the south facing side of the building allows access to all three floors and the exterior ground level. New construction included the installation of an 18-foot wide asphalt drive, drop-off area, and associated parking areas.
A perimeter security fence was installed to encompass the site and an additional security gate was installed to restrict vehicular traffic. Concrete sidewalks were installed to facilitate pedestrian traffic to the building entrances.
Though not certified, the project was guided by LEED and sustainable principles to provide an energy efficient facility and to minimize environmental impact.