Buildings with Bang
When ATF residents at Redstone Arsenal needed new facilities in which to work with explosives they had two choices; either work through the formal design process with an A&E firm and then work through the MilCon or “brick and mortar” process which can take years, or they could call Armag.
They called Armag.
Armag’s expertise in arms, ammunition and explosives storage alleviated Redstone from the efforts of designing a facility that meets both ATF and DoD regulations, and allowed them to focus on what they know best- making things go boom. In addition, Armag’s secure, modular facilities do not require MilCon funds, are less expensive, and have none of the construction hassles of traditional buildings.
The design of the new facilities simplified ATF and Redstone’s acquisition and purchase process. The structures were designated as “work spaces” and not offices with restrooms, so they were not considered permanent or inhabited structures. The units qualified to be purchased as equipment vs. permanent construction, and having the same construction as a magazine, they meet the physical security requirements of both the DOD and the ATF.
“Choosing Armag’s modular buildings over traditional ‘brick and mortar’ construction provided us with options that would not have been available otherwise, and delivered the facilities we needed in less time and at lower cost.”
Timothy Shelley, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
ATF National Center for Explosives Training & Research
While ATF does not plan to store explosives in these facilities there is no reason they couldn’t. They are built to the same rigid standards as every Armag magazine and therefore could be used as a magazine years from now if the mission of the organization changes. While they plan to be at the current location for a long time they are also keenly aware that things can change overnight. And when it does, they can pick up their Armag built facility and take it with them regardless of where they need to go.