Vertical acceleration tower
Ft. Rucker, Alabama
Project Size and Construction Cost
5,884 GSF and $2.5 million
Existing Building 8825 is an approximately 2,500 square foot prefabricated metal building that was renovated to house the requirements for a new Vertical Acceleration Tower (VAT). The building was stripped down to its structural components and brought up to current codes and standards for this type of facility. New metal wall and roof panels were installed. An addition was constructed to the west side of the existing building. This addition houses the VAT structure, which is approximately 38’ tall. The space program includes the main VAT Lab, VAT Control Room, Observation Room, Flex Lab, Cadaver Prep Room, and other lab support spaces that include a Fabrication Shop, Compressor Room, Electronics Lab and Calibration lab. Sherlock, Smith & Adams was tasked to prepare construction documents (Type III Work Plan) to complete the requirements for this building renovation. Work included in this Project included civil, architectural, structural, plumbing, mechanical, fire protection, electrical and communications design.