Elizabeth City, North Carolina

The Rescue Swimmer Training Facility (RSTF) was a design-build project for U.S. Coast Guard in Elizabeth City, NC. The multifaceted design build team is composed of Henderson, Inc. of Williamsburg, VA, the Oak Group of Camden, NJ, and L. Robert Kimball & Associates (Kimball) of Ebensburg, PA. The team was selected by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Defense for its innovative design.

The new RSTF is a multi-story building with an outdoor sports-turf field. The site was paved with concrete, which was demolished, removed and recycled prior to construction. The RSTF is approximately 54,000 square feet. The RSTF space program includes but is not limited to: a Rescue Swimmer training pool (25m x 50m), a Modular Egress Training Simulator (METS) pool (35ft x 60ft), a fitness room with a sports trainer office, locker rooms, wet storage, lecture classrooms, inflatables lab, oxygen lab, pump shop, administrative offices, public areas, and facility support spaces. The RSTF was designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Certified” level. The Rescue Swimmer training pool was designed and possesses many technological features capable of simulating a real-world environment. This pool is the cornerstone of the RSTF and is equipped two 12’ jump towers, moveable bulkhead, wave generator, rotor wash simulator, fog generator, parachute hoist, ropes course, helicopter search light, dusk and night simulation, and a sound system to name a few features.

In our role as construction manager, Henderson, Inc. oversaw all architectural and engineering design and programming, contract administration constructability reviews during design, day-to-day contracting, and subcontractor management activities.


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