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Danbury Armed Forces Reserve Center

TCA Tilt-Up Project Profile - Municipal Division

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The Armed Forces Reserve Center is a Korte-Fusco joint venture located in Danbury, CT and includes three separate buildings: the training center, a vehicle maintenance shop, and an unheated storage building/wash bay. The design of the training center focuses on local architecture and features Mid-Atlantic and New England architectural influences. As part of the design vernacular, stone cladding was a dominant element of the overall architecture. Exterior spaces were designed to take advantage of the natural vistas that surround the site as well as the sloping topography.

The primary entrance of the building is the focal point of the facility with a covered, open-air porch, which creates a natural gathering space and allows users to enjoy the outdoors and surrounding views while remaining protected from the elements. The prominent lobby space and high ceilings also allows additional light into the lobby and adjacent assembly hall. Dormer elements were used to create a more efficient ceiling, and increase the amount of natural daylight entering the space.

The building's materials are inspired by the existing fieldstone and are supplemented with brick and metal panels. The strong base of rock face concrete masonry transitions to brick and metal, a design feature that offers each elevation an appropriate scale and proportion. The building will be USGBC LEED Gold Certified and will attract as many as 200 reservists and guardsmen during the weekends.


Project Specifics

Largest Panel
726 sq ft
(67.4 sq m)

Participating TCA Members

A.H. Harris & Sons, Inc.Sustaining Member icon
Tilt-Up accessories
The Korte Company
General contractor
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Bracing and lifting hardware and engineering
Meadow BurkeSustaining Member icon
Bracing and lifting hardware and engineering

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Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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