Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA — Vandenberg Air Force Base's new fitness center is under construction and set to be green.

The 51,000-square-foot fitness center integrates contemporary technologies, modern architecture and environmentally friendly features, according to ECC, an engineering and construction company in Burlingame, CA, that is providing design-build services for the new facility.

Major design features include three NCAA-sized basketball courts, three volleyball courts, two massage rooms, four saunas, a juice bar, shower and locker facilities, administration offices, and a 7,800-square-foot cardio and free weight area.

The construction cost for the facility in California is estimated at about $15.5 million.

“We're always thinking about new and innovative design-build approaches for our clients,” says Eric Rypple, ECC senior structural engineer. “On this project, for example, we introduced a tilt-up wall (a low-cost construction technique) as a means to give the client more building for less money than conventional concrete/mason block walls.”

The design follows national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System guidelines, which were developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Rypple says.

“When designing the center, our team tailored our concept drawings to retain the integrity and architecture of the base, while at the same time, incorporating LEED design and construction standards and state-of-the-art amenities,” he says.

The fitness center is scheduled for completion in March 2009.