Fort Lewis Building 9900, Troop Command

  • Location Tacoma, WA
  • Client Fraser & Fogle Architects
  • Owner USACE Seattle
  • Shake, Don't Break

    Historic retrofit helps Army Troop Command continue its mission.

  • Watch Out for that Drill

    This facility drills teeth and warriors.

Preparing warriors and improving quality of military life is a big task. Building 9900 supports Madigan Army Medical Center Headquarters’ Troop Command and DENTAC (Dental Activity). Troop Command’s mission involves warrior training and improving quality of life for soldiers and their families. The U.S. Army at Madigan Army Medical Center needed to meet safety requirements for its staff and visitors in the historically-significant structure in the event of an earthquake. Reid Middleton provided structural and civil engineering design and construction services for upgrading the two-story, 9,400 SF building constructed in 1944. Key elements included structural design of seismic and anti-terrorism/ force protection (AT/FP) upgrades. The seismic retrofit consists of the addition of concentrically braced steel frames and concrete foundations around the perimeter and at select locations on the interior of the building. The retrofit also included installation of metal stud walls to provide out-of-plane strength to the existing masonry walls. Since the building is historically-important, seismic and AT/FP design was compatible with Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act.