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Clark•Nexsen Wins Technology Award

August 05, 2004

Clark•Nexsen, an award-winning, architectural, engineering, and interior design firm, is pleased to accept the Region III ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.) Technology Award for the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC) located in Newport News, VA.

The $58 million Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center is a state-of-the-art facility located at the aircraft carrier construction site near the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. It gives the aircraft carrier program an opportunity to work closely with other facilities and organizations to do business in a better way in order to make aircraft carriers more affordable and more capable.

The 260,000-square-foot VASCIC was designed to provide a communications arena for shipbuilding, industry, government, academia, and the Department of Defense in order to promote and facilitate the effective integration of independently developed carrier ship systems. To facilitate and encourage communication, the 136,000-square-foot reflective glass office tower is comprised of open landscape work stations which encircle a core that extends through the middle of the building. In the office tower alone, there are 24 meeting rooms to promote information interchange. The office tower is raised above a reflective pool with fountains at either end. The 30,000-square-foot Facility Support Wing houses a 200-seat auditorium, three multipurpose training halls, and a kitchen/cafeteria. The 94,000-square-foot Lab Wing is designed to be adaptable and flexible for rapidly changing technologies. The infrastructure contains state-of-the-art technologies, such as blown fiber optic cabling. The Facility Support Wing and the Lab Wing are built above a 600-car parking facility. This permits easy modifications to utilities below the lab floor.

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