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building with four distinct volumes. two red brick wings divided by asymmetrical stone and white central entry with columns
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Enabling Military Operations

Client

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project Location

Colorado Springs, CO

Area

232,000 SF

Project Type

Federal

Fort Carson is a full spectrum combat operations army base and the most requested duty station in the United States. The facilities at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado promote the welfare of military personnel and their families, through each phase of their career. Energy-efficiency, technological advancement, and longevity are kept in mind throughout the design of each facility, while aligning with Fort Carson’s goals of sustainability, modernization, transition, and maintaining a welcoming environment.

DLR Group has designed 232,252 SF of space at Fort Carson that supports, improves, and impacts over 71,000 lives of active-duty military, veterans, and their family members daily. Our design approach design brings a modern nuance to the historical nature of Fort Carson. Each building prioritizes the emotional well-being and safety of service men and women and their families. The buildings provide spaces for the training of soldiers, medical care, transitions from civilian life to active duty to veteran status, and the education and support of each soldier’s family. To support the delicacy of these processes and promote a sense of peace and home, each space utilizes a color palette that reflects the natural Colorado environment.

Design Program

Over the years, the projects completed at the Fort Carson base have ranged from housing to healthcare to workplace to technical training.

01
Operations Facility

Special Operations Forces Battalion

An unconventional mix of daylight and high-level federal security requirements, the design optimizes 119,900 SF of space for effective mission preparations and deployment activities for the Special Forces. Durable materials support rigorous usage, while their articulation complements the existing character of surrounding Fort Carson facilities. The facility encompasses consolidated battalion headquarters, company operations facility, and two additions onto the Parachute Rigging and Maritime Operations Facilities.

Two story yellow CMU building with green metal roof and loading docks surrounded by secure fence. Mountains in background
concrete walkway along a brick building and glass front entry shaded by metal fin canopy. blue sky above
02
Military Medical

Evans Army Hospital Renovation

This 47,372-SF renovation of Evans Army Hospital delivers upgraded spaces to house the medical surgery unit, behavioral health unit, and administrative support including patient treatment and visitor areas to reflect changes in programmatic needs for providing care. The renovation adds refreshing environments spanning several departments and a variety of spaces using a phased delivery strategy. These changes were completed to LEED Silver standards with minimal disruption to daily hospital activities through extensive coordination and involvement with the Evans Army Hospital, Health Facility Planning Agency, and Fort Carson throughout the design and construction process.

Hospital with wood flooring and neutral walls. Blue ceiling soffit curves over public walkway lined with glass front offices.
patient room with wood finish walls, floral and neutral colored upholstered guest seating. Exterior wall lined with windows
03
Career Planning

Warrior in Transition Administrative Complex

The 39,000-SF Warrior In Transition Administrative Complex provides administrative support, education and training to military personnel and their families on Post, helping to facilitate a smooth transition from healing to new directions in their lives, on Post or off. DLR Group's design supports the facilities' comprehensive training plans for soldiers, customized to help them either return to the force or move into the role of veteran.

two red and pink brick buildings joined by glass atrium. a curved stone path through landscaping to peaked blue entry canopy
green and red poured in place rubber playground with swing set and climbing structure. brick building with peaked blue roof
04
Community Support

Soldier Family Assistance Center

Within the Warrior in Transition Complex, the Soldier Family Assistance Center provides a welcoming and safe environment to aid soldiers and their families in transitioning to civilian life, or to return to active duty. This unique facility offers healing through primary care and support services as well as a community center and daycare for the children of soldiers in the program and their families. The facility can support up to 500 soldiers as they recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and other war wounds.

brown tile and carpet with burgundy sofas and chairs. tan stone columns support neutral walls with clerestory windows.
young children's classroom with blue and green flooring, white ceilings, yellow and chartreuse accent walls, and light wood
05
Division Headquarters

Band Training Facility

The training facility for the 4th Infantry's Ivy Division Band supports the unique mission, needs of its soldiers, and architecturally complements the existing facilities at Fort Carson. The design incorporates acoustical properties to support the band's ability to rehearse and train for their missions, including acoustic paneling and cork flooring. Sustainable features contribute to the well-being and morale of the soldiers, including low- or no-VOC materials for air quality; locally produced materials and materials with recycled content; daylighting; and views.

building with four distinct volumes. two red brick wings divided by asymmetrical stone and white central entry with columns
Band training room with rounded rows of plastic chairs with music stands in front of each in double height room with windows

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