Virginia National Guard begins design phase of new state headquarters

A computer rendering shows an early design concept being considered for the new Virginia National Guard state headquarters facility to be built at Defense Supply Center-Richmond in Chesterfield County, Va. (Contributed Artwork)

A computer rendering shows an early design concept being considered for the new Virginia National Guard state headquarters facility to be built at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Va. (Contributed Artwork)

SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has begun the design phase of a new 102,000 square foot state headquarters facility to be built on a 13.6-acre site in the northern section of Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Va. The new headquarters will cost approximately $30 million and construction should be completed by February 2018. It will provide workspace for the Adjutant General of Virginia, the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff and Air National Guard Staff currently located at Mullins Readiness Center in Sandston.

“We are incredibly excited to enter the design phase of the new state headquarters, and we look forward to moving into a state-of-the-art facility,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “The process of building a new headquarters has developed and matured for the last 10 years, and I am confident we are on track for a facility that will provide a more effective workspace for our personnel. We are particularly grateful for the assistance and support of the senior leadership and staff at Defense Supply Center Richmond, and I know this will be a rewarding partnership with them in the years to come.”

The design of the new headquarters is scheduled to be complete by February 2016 with construction to begin in the fall of 2016.

“We are excited to have the Virginia National Guard headquarters facility and team come to the installation and be a part of the joint Department of Defense activities located on Defense Supply Center Richmond,” said DLA Aviation Commander, Air Force Brig. Gen. Allan Day. “The addition of their headquarters will significantly increase the number of the Guard personnel on center. We look forward to the larger footprint they will bring to our installation and the opportunities for partnership that the Guard’s presence brings to us both.”

The current state headquarters in Sandston houses the adjutant general and his senior staff, as well as the 77 full-time federal and state employees and approximately 190 traditional Soldiers and Airmen of Virginia National Guard Joint Staff and Air National Guard staff. The readiness center also houses the Joint Operations Center that manages Virginia National Guard operations during routine and emergency response operations. The Virginia Army National Guard staff is located at Fort Pickett near Blackstone, and the Virginia Defense Force staff is located at Waller Depot in Richmond.

The Virginia National Guard Joint Staff provides support for the entire state in the areas of operations, human resources, family programs, sustainment and logistics and public affairs.

The current facility in Sandston only provides 58 percent of the authorized space for a state headquarters, and the new facility increases available space to 98 percent, explained Lt. Col. Charlton Dunn, the Virginia National Guard construction and facilities management officer.

The funding for the State Headquarters is predominantly federal, with the Commonwealth of Virginia contributing approximately $471,000 for Department of Military Affairs employees, Dunn said. The Virginia Air National Guard is providing approximately $1.02 million for the Air Guard staff with the remaining funds to be provided by the Virginia Army National Guard.

The new facility will be built in compliance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver requirements and will make use of ground-source heat pumps, photovoltaic solar panels and natural gas to create an energy efficient building now and for future generations of employees, Dunn said. This project utilizes Construction Manager at Risk, Building Information Modeling, and a commissioning agent to ensure the best product at appropriate initial and lifecycle costs within existing time constraints.

About the Virginia National Guard:

The Virginia National Guard provides an operational reserve to fight our nation’s wars, answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth and builds partnerships to maximize resources and ensure our ability to rapidly respond when needed. It is a community-based military organization with readiness centers and training, aviation and maintenance facilities in more than 40 communities that crisscross the state from Winchester to Abingdon, Staunton to Virginia Beach, Manassas to Emporia and Danville to Warrenton.

The National Guard is a great value for the commonwealth and the nation and can maintain readiness at a fraction of the cost of active duty forces and has a unique state and federal mission set. Members bring a wide variety of specialized civilian-acquired skills, experience and mature leadership to any mission in addition to their military skills.

Since September 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen have mobilized on federal active duty for homeland security missions and combat operations, sustainment support and peacekeeping in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and other locations around the world.

Since 2001, the Virginia National Guard has called up more than 7,300 personnel for duty to support domestic emergency operations as part of a coordinated state-wide response, as well as missions in Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, New York and Vermont.

The Virginia Department of Military Affairs is the state agency that plans, coordinates, maintains situational awareness and employs the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force for homeland security and homeland defense in order to respond to any incidents within the commonwealth and, on order of the Governor, assists civil authorities in protecting life and property, preserving peace, maintaining order and public safety and relieving suffering. DMA also has responsibility for the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy and the Winchester STARBASE Academy.

About Defense Supply Center Richmond:

Defense Supply Center Richmond, the home of DLA Aviation, hosts a variety of Defense Logistics Agency tenant agencies, Department of Defense and other federal organizations on the 600-acre installation. DSCR has a number of warehousing, utility and administrative buildings with more than 5.1 million square feet of covered and uncovered storage space. There are more than 3,000 employees throughout the Defense Supply Center Richmond.

About Defense Logistics Agency Aviation:

Headquartered at the Defense Supply Center Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, DLA Aviation operates in 18 U.S. locations, with more than 3,500 civilian and military employees supporting more than 1,900 weapon systems, with focused support to 143 major weapon systems. It is the U.S. military’s integrated materiel manager for more than 1.1 million repair parts and operating supply items in support of all fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft, including spares for engines on fighters, bombers, transports and helicopters, all airframe and landing gear parts, flight safety equipment and propeller systems.