The new Fort Lewis North Fort Enlisted Personnel Dining Facility (EPDF) serves 1,300 soldiers in less than 90 minutes, three times a day. An efficient floor plan was critical to the project’s success. Even more imperative, was completing the design/build project on a fast track to ensure the receipt of project funding.
Demonstrating best practices in military design/build project delivery, the team designed an innovative, energy-efficient, high-performing facility at an accelerated pace. In just over one year from the date the project was awarded the new facility was 80 percent complete. To accomplish this, work typically performed sequentially was managed concurrently. Proactive communication, well organized and focused design submittals, effective review comments and prompt responses to RFIs also contributed to meeting the aggressive schedule.
In addition to a fast track design delivery, thoughtful planning enabled optimal use of the site to accommodate the Fort Lewis BCT Master Plan objectives. Interior design changes to the standard Center of Standardization (COS) floor plan allow for greater operating efficiency and improved access to restrooms. The changes made by the design team are now part of the COS plans for future dining facilities.