Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: Fort Rucker, Alabama
Size: 5884 sq ft
Completion Date: November 2013
Architect: Sherlock, Smith & Adams, Inc.
Description: The Vertical Acceleration Tower (VAT) and Building 8825 at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) at Fort Rucker, Ala., is a one-of-a-kind research facility that supports USAARL’s mission to provide medical research in the military operations environment to sustain combat soldiers’ performance. Specifically, the VAT will allow researchers to apply psychological and physiological research to test the impact of head injuries and other fatal impact-related injuries.
Robins & Morton was charged with converting an existing, 2,500-square-foot research building into a renovated and expanded, 6,580-square-foot structure that houses the 38-foot-tall VAT, a VAT laboratory, VAT control room, observation room, flex lab, cadaver prep room, and other lab support spaces to include a fabrication shop, compressor room, electronics lab and calibration lab.
In 2014, this project was awarded first place in the Federal Government/Military Under $10 Million category for Excellence in Construction by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama.