Human Performance Wing – WPAFB

Location: Wright-Patt AFB, Dayton, OH

Size: 650,000 SF

Highlights: This project achieved LEED Silver certification. This project was also the largest project ever constructed at WPAFB. We (Archer Western/Butt Construction Joint Venture) received an “Outstanding Performance Rating” from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for this project.

The Human Performance Wing Complex consists of the new construction of two major complexes and several ancillary facilities. The North Complex is 190,000 SF, and the South Complex is 450,000 SF with four stories. The project also included a 9,000 SF addition to an existing vivarium, a 1,500 SF Entomology Laboratory Building and a remote training site.

The complex houses an array of classrooms and is considered an important educational facility. The Air Force’s School of Aerospace Medicine is located in the complex and includes administrative offices, classrooms, and an auditorium. The complex includes both a kitchen and dining facilities. It also contains extensive laboratory areas human performance testing and training labs, research areas, report writing areas for scientists, medical facilities, and a wealth of highly technical equipment. The buildings have a masonry façade and fire protection and alarm systems throughout. It was designed and constructed in compliance with ASHRAE 90.1 with energy reduction of 40% or better.

The Human Performance Wing consolidated the Air Force Research Laboratory Human Effectiveness Directorate with the following components of the 311th Human Systems Wing from Brooks City Base: USAF School of Aerospace Medicine; AF Institute for Operational Health; and 311th Human Performance Enhancement Directorate. In addition, the Navy Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory also moved into this facility. This unit, along with the support of nearby universities and medical institutions, makes the Human Performance Wing a Center of Excellence in Aerospace Medicine.

There was a challenging timeline for this project but fast-tracking achieved the tight construction schedule and was completed three months ahead of schedule. This project achieved LEED Silver certification. This project was also the largest project ever constructed at WPAFB. We (Archer Western/Butt Construction Joint Venture) received an “Outstanding Performance Rating” from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for this project.