In an effort to strive for design excellence, the Oregon Military Department selected THA and Lease Crutcher Lewis as part of a design-build team for a 40,000 square foot military training facility on five acres. The Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center, home to a company of combat engineers who are currently deployed to Afghanistan, will provide administrative, training, recruiting and family support space for the 162nd Combat Engineering Company of the Oregon National Guard.
The Readiness Center is aiming for a LEED Gold certification or better, and with the help of Rain Tech's RainSpace Stormwater Retention Chamber and other local materials such as basalt-filled gabion walls and FSC-certified western red cedar they should easily reach their goal.
Local water sources were inadequate and unavailable for irrigating the buildings landscape. The RainSpace Stormwater Retention Chamber was installed to provide landscape irrigation water, collected from the roof.