This project replaced buildings that were damaged or destroyed on three separate National Wildlife Refuges in East Texas, by Hurricane Ike in 2008. USFWS used their nationwide MATOC contract to select C3 as the design/build team to construct the new facility. CTA is a partner in C3 and acted as the lead design firm for this new $18,500,000 campus, which was completed in the spring of 2013.
All buildings on site are specifically situated to take maximum advantage of solar patterns, prevailing winds, vehicular and pedestrian traffic and circulation, while taking into account necessary functional building relationships. The campus includes a maintenance shop (fire cache and staging bays), a wash bay, a fuel dispensing area, an administrative building/dispatch center, a bunkhouse, a boat storage facility, a command center, a residence, a radio communications tower and various other storage buildings.
High performance elements include walls and roof insulation levels exceeding code requirements, an integrated photovoltaic system, the capability to shut down buildings and/or portions of the site when not in use, rainwater harvesting, the use of LED site lighting, daylighting of spaces using clerestories, and an overarching systems approach to the design of the entire campus, which contributed to an anticipated LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC.