National Guard Readiness Center

  • Architect: Coover Clark & Associates
  • Project Manager: Bob Conway
  • Superintendent: Dale Hansen

The South Dakota Army National Guard new Aviation Readiness Center includes a 58,000 sf state of-the-art facility placed next to the Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility which is currently exceeding its limits. This facility houses more than 150 Soldiers from eight units and features training classrooms, administrative offices, equipment and supply storage space and vehicle maintenance bay.

Unique details of the construction include the project being constructed and designed for LEED Silver certification - making the building energy efficient with RCS being the LEED manager. Solar tubes, solar wall panels and geothermal well fields were a few of the energy efficient systems provided. Strong communication and coordination were required with FAA and Airport personnel as the project is located within the air space of the Rapid City Regional Airport. The building was constructed with blast proof rated construction assemblies including precast concrete, masonry, structural steel and aluminum curtain wall assemblies. The building also includes automated temperature control monitor, anti-terrorism/force protection measures, security fencing and site lighting.