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2010 Design-Build Award Announced for Buttercup
January 20, 2011

According to information made available from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Project has won the 2010 Design-Build Award for Buttercup. The award was presented by the Design-Build Institute of America (DIBA), which recognizes the most successful design-build projects in the United States.

The P-285 Damage Control Trainer is a 14,400 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that trains 10,000 sailors per year in its wet trainer module known as the “Buttercup.” It was designed to simulate the interior of ship compartments and consists of two decks and four compartments. This one-of-a-kind structure has pipe mock-up area, pump and equipment rooms, a water storage tank and observation areas.

To improve the mission readiness of forces afloat, the wet trainer simulates, in a safe and controlled environment, the realism of a ship-based damage resulting in flooding.

Ann Miller, NAVFAC Atlantic project manager, noted that the P-285 Damage Control Trainer was a truly unique project. The Design-Build firm, Haskell Architects & Engineers, worked closely with NAVFAC and the Center for Naval Engineering Learning Site- Norfolk to incorporate realistic ship-based casualties. The Buttercup was built at Steel America, loaded onto a barge mounted crane near downtown Norfolk, Va., then shipped up the Elizabeth River for ten miles to NSA Norfolk where it was off-loaded from the barge and put on a low bay transport for movement to the project site. Finally, a crawler crane lifted the Buttercup and placed it in its foundation and the rest of the facility was built around it.

The P-285 Damage Control Trainer building is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) self-certified.

Other features of the building include classrooms and other educational spaces, laboratories, support spaces, and trainer rooms complete with electronic controls, sensors and monitoring equipment necessary for trainer operation.


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