Opus to Construct Two National Guard Facilities in Iowa

by Kristin Harlow

DAVENPORT AND SIOUX CITY, IOWA — The Opus Group has signed contracts with the Iowa National Guard to design and construct two facilities for advanced training in both Davenport and Sioux City. The Iowa Air National Guard will use a 37,000-square-foot facility in Sioux City, while the Iowa Army National Guard will use an 87,000-square-foot building in Davenport. Both buildings will replace existing facilities with modern spaces, including dedicated areas for specific training programs and improved, more efficient flow for high-traffic areas like dining halls and medical clinics. Designed to meet the latest anti-terrorism force protection standards and LEED Silver certification, both facilities will include highly efficient mechanical systems and LED lighting throughout.

The Sioux City facility will be a one-story space located on the current 185th Air Refueling Wing airbase. Designed to serve up to 500 airmen at a time, the building will include space for administrative offices, a dining hall that will be able to seat 180 people, a medical clinic, a kitchen and training rooms. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2018.

The one-story Davenport building will feature a brick façade on the front and will be located on a 37-acre site along Highway 6/Kimberly Road west of Wisconsin Avenue. The facility will include an assembly hall, offices, classrooms, physical fitness space, a kitchen and vehicle work bays. Construction will begin in spring 2018 with completion slated for spring 2019. Opus Design Build is the design builder for both properties, while Opus AE Group is the architect, engineer and interior designer.

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