Ft. Gordon Battle Lab


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Ft. Gordon, Georgia


This project involved design-build of the new battle lab at Fort Gordon to support its mission of providing a simulation, testing, and training center for future combat systems and war fighter communications equipment being deployed on the battlefield. The 21,000-SF facility includes open administrative offices, an electronic equipment warehouse, vehicle equipment bays, and a videoconferencing facility. It also has designated secure rooms for the testing and deployment of electronic equipment systems and for ongoing battle simulation activities.


Exp Federal provided full design and construction management services for this project. Part of the project scope required providing all telecommunications infrastructure, including fiber cabling and a three-mile communications manhole system. To accommodate communications coverage requirements, we brought medium voltage electrical connections to this remote site using a new overhead pole system. We also designed the site to allow multiple communications equipment vehicles to plug into the facility and simulate communications arrangements on the battlefield. The facility has a secure SIPRNET room adjacent to a raised prototyping equipment room housing sensitive classified communications systems. Several of the rooms are contained in a secure area on raised floor which houses an electronic network operations center. This center operates war fighting communications throughout the United States for the other training commands via secure satellite dishes and a 160-foot monopole antenna tower with an associated RF shelter. With a redundant UPS system and diesel generator back-up, continuous operations during all weather conditions are assured.