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The Cannon Air Force Base Squadron Operations Facility uses mission-style architecture to meld seamlessly with the surrounding high plains and blue skies of eastern New Mexico
Squadron Operations Facility & Special Tactics Training Facilities

Special Tactics Operational Training Facility

Project Location

Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico


112,000 SF


Architecture, planning, and interiors

Project Type

Operations Facility

Established in 1942, Cannon Air Force Base is home to the 27th Special Operations Wing. Our design for their new Squadron Operations Facility uses mission-style architecture to visually enhance yet meld seamlessly with the surrounding high plains of eastern New Mexico.

The new Squadron Operations Facility was designed to aid the 27 SOW’s mission to develop, sustain and execute specialized and contingency operations.

The facility is two stories, with a free-standing outdoor covered storage and single-story Human Performance Training Center that are both separate from the two-story structure. The Human Performance Training Center includes a double-high training space, therapy areas, a classroom, and administrative offices. There is also an Aquatic Training Center and Small Arms Firing Range, housed in separate single-story training facilities. The Aquatic Training Center’s functional areas include an 82-foot long, seven-lane (8.2-foot each) wide pool, an equipment storage area, men’s and women’s restrooms with lockers and showers, communications space, and required circulation.

The project includes industrial and warehouse-type spaces, team rooms, operator’s cages, a parachute drying tower, and an armory. Administrative spaces include command, special communications, and operations. The Special Tactics Squadron Operational Training Facilities includes adequate facilities and infrastructure, adequately sized and configured for their associated vehicles, equipment, and home station training requirements.

DLR Group provided architecture, planning, and interior design services.

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