Constructed in the 1920s, Building 427, a facility at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS and IMF), was originally designed to house electrical shops and battery storage. Over the years, the building use evolved to support a variety of mission functions, including its current use as an operations building occupied by more than 68 people. At the time of the renovation, Navy personnel worked from cobbled-together office spaces, lunchrooms, conference rooms and support areas. Portions of the building were unused or underutilized, which resulted in poor work flow and overall congestion, and the building’s mechanical systems had not been updated for years.
To address these issues, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest awarded the $4 million renovation and deep retrofit to Vet Industrial’s design-build team. POWER A/E Consulting provided architectural design for the renovation and served as the design manager of the design-build team. The 16,000-square-foot office remodel reconfigured spaces to provide better work flow and increase the workforce capacity. The design-build team also improved energy performance and occupant comfort through HVAC, electrical, plumbing and communication system upgrades. The team integrated sustainable principles into the design, development, and construction of the project to reduce total cost of ownership using a whole-building, lifecycle approach.
In addition to addressing building efficiency, the architectural scope included design, subcontractor coordination, comprehensive interior design, and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) coordination. POWER’s design work also included renovating Building 427’s lobby while preserving its historical elements.
Work on the project was completed on schedule thanks in part to a high level of cooperation between the design-build team and the user.