We also considered the functionality of the administrative offices, including the provision of private offices for command functions and the optimization of open space for workstations and collaboration opportunities; and the floor plan of the administrative offices, which evidences SMMA’s focus on efficiency for the client.
Form Follows Function
Government projects provide us a special opportunity to design structures in which the men and women who defend our freedom can take pride. In the case of the Aviation Readiness Center for Maine’s Army National Guard (MEARNG), designed to house the 126th, 142nd, and 224th units, our goal was to deliver modern facilities that allowed for the consolidation of the three units into a single, state-of-the-art training location.
As the Designer-of-Record, SMMA proposed both a building and site scheme to meet MEARNG's needs. The project was delivered via design-build methodology—however, unlike many such projects, the building form, function, and location were left to the design-build team. To maximize the value for MEARNG, SMMA’s design placed a premium on high functionality and efficiency, within the context of a compact facility.
Numerous diagrams defined the required main-floor adjacencies, and provided the basis for the proposed design. Readiness Centers include a combination of public spaces, which tend to be located toward the front of the building and serve to welcome visitors, and functional/technical spaces.
For this project, public spaces included administrative and family readiness offices, as well as an assembly hall. In our design, we gave special consideration to the proximity of the family readiness center office to the main entrance.