Originally built to train members of the United States Army Signal Corps during World War II, Camp Enoch H. Crowder is located in Neosho, Missouri. Today, it serves as a base for the Missouri National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.
Contracting with the State of Missouri Office of Administration Division of Facilities Management Design and Construction, and the Missouri National Guard, OWN, Inc. was hired to design three 60-man barracks, a 200-soldier dining facility, and infrastructure upgrades including a sewer main, a gas main, a water main, and electric line to serve the master-planned build-out of the camp. The team also worked to modernize the entrance to the camp.
The scope also included a rebuild of the guard shack to bring it up to current standards. This included a canopy to shelter the guards from the elements. The site had limited access to utilities, so the OWN team worked to connect the new structure with appropriate services.
OWN worked side-by-side with a number of Missouri firms on the project: the Structural Engineering team from HJM Architects (Kansas City) to provide Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Conceptual Design; the architecture firm Buddy Webb & Company (Springfield) on the dining facility and two of the barracks; and with GHN Architects & Engineers (Springfield), and veteran-owned Crossed Swords Engineering (Kansas City) on the infrastructure project. OWN also teamed with GHN on one of the barracks.
Working on very flat topography, the redesign of the entrance needed to adhere to the distance requirements to meet military code and updated security/IFC criteria.
All business was conducted via the online statewide facilities management procurement system. OWN utilized the system to work within the strict guidelines spelled out in the contract and change orders.
From the modern barracks and dining facilities to the secure entrance and comfortable guard shack, this project delivered a collection of mandatory updates and amenities that will be utilized by guardsmen and reservists for years to come.