Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, Westover AFB, Chicopee, MA, Westover AFB, MA







Westover AFB, MA

Nobis was part of a design-build team to assist the U.S. Navy in the design and construction of a $9.3 million Naval Mobile Construction Battalion training facility at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts.  Nobis provided civil engineering/site design, geotechnical engineering, landscape architecture and permitting for a proposed 24,700 square foot building consisting of equipment maintenance facilities, classrooms and offices; a 47,000 square foot heavy equipment storage area; and a 150 vehicle parking facility. 

Nobis’ civil engineers prepared the site layout and grading, design of on-site utilities including potable water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and treatment, power, telephone services, and the preparation of construction drawings and specifications.  Nobis was also responsible for attending design-build team meetings including Department of the Navy meetings, and preparing local and state permit applications. Nobis’ design packages included multiple sustainable features and Low Impact Design features including net zero increase in off-site surface runoff, balanced cut and fill analyses to minimize the need for imported backfilling, drought resistant landscaping, measures to capture and reuse stormwater, and bio-swales for enhanced water quality.  Nobis designed the site to meet LEED-Silver Certification requirements.

Nobis’ geotechnical engineers provided services in support of the construction of the new facility and pavement design for the heavy equipment area and vehicle parking lot. Nobis prepared and implemented a subsurface exploration program, pertinent to the design and construction of the new facility, including completing test pitting, test borings, sampling, and analysis and reporting. From the subsurface investigation and analysis, Nobis was able to determine the sites settlement and bearing capacity, appropriate foundation design, sub-grade requirements, compaction requirements, foundation drainage/dewatering recommendations, soil liquefaction potential, pavement design parameters, and the potential reuse of onsite materials.

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