RICK was awarded two (2) design-build dining facility projects for San Diego’s Camp Pendleton Marine Corp. The first dining facility, Edson Range (54,000-square feet) was designed to serve the new recruits within a 13.6-acre site. The second dining facility, Chappo Area (30,000-square feet), was designed to serve the enlisted Marines and Officers within a 6.3-acre site. The dining facilities are top-of-the-line and include flat screen televisions, internet cafes, video game areas, and an outdoor barbecue eating area. These facilities were also designed to include an adjacent parking lot for vehicles, motorcycles, and ADA vehicles.
As the lead design consultant, RICK was solicited to manage the project design team and the overall design development. The design team was comprised of many non-local sub-consultants and RICK was able to maintain and coordinate design-build efforts while staying true to Marine Corp specific designs. For example, the recruit troops, typically comprised of 1,000 marines, utilize the dining facility for only a 15-minute mealtime. It was critical to include a design that allowed for an influx of Marine Corp personnel to enter and exit the Dining Facility seamlessly as to not disturb their daily protocols. Also included in the design were troop highways that would allow proper marching formations to occur. Additionally, the design-build project complied with Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) protocol for setback and standoff distances. A setback ensures that occupied buildings have setback (distance) from potential vehicle bombs’ blasts from adjacent roadways and parking areas. Additionally, each a modernized dining facility was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and meets the demands of the Presidential “Grow the Force” initiatives
RICK’s design services included preliminary utility and infrastructure planning, aerial topography, improvement and grading plans, drainage and water resources engineering, contract specifications, and quality control procedures. RICK also designed Low Impact Development (LID) features, such as porous paving and bio-infiltration swales.
The Camp Pendleton Dining Facilities was a multi-award winning project!