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Los Angeles Air Force Base Space and Missile Systems Center

The Space and Missile Systems Center (SAMS) for the Los Angeles Air Force Base consists of two buildings, creating a high quality, state-of-the-art, low-rise office campus housing 2,200 employees.

Bullet 535K SF
Bullet $125M construction cost

Each building was designed as a safe and secure facility that conforms to the latest Department of Defense requirements for blast resistance in a post-9/11 world, while also incorporating the most cutting edge, state-of-the-art technologies.

The office buildings, totaling 535,000 sf, feature raised floors with underfloor air energy efficiency and indoor air quality. The project also included a 17,000 sf child development center that was designed and ready for occupancy within 10 months, and concept designs to cohesively integrate a third building into the campus.

The Air Force recognized the innovative campus with a national Honor Award for concept design in 2004. The project was also awarded the 2004 American Planning Association’s Planning Project Award (Los Angeles Division).

Significant Design Features:

  • Underfloor air conditioning improving overall energy efficiency, operating flexibility, space comfort, occupant zone control, and indoor air quality
  • Underfloor electrical and telecommunications cabling distribution allowing flexibility for reconfigurations of open office workstations.
  • Direct/indirect lighting allows lighting power densities under 1 watt/square foot
  • 100% outside air utilization
  • Web-based building management system, integrated HVAC, lighting, security, and fire alarm systems.
  • Insulated 50% low-e glazing system
  • HFC based refrigerants