The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Complex (AAMDSC) is a new U.S. government facility in Poland designed to enhance America’s defense against ballistic missile attacks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Europe District hired Tetra Tech, as part of a joint venture team, to provide architecture-engineering services support to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for planning and design of tactical facilities (radar facilities, missile launchers, and command and control facilities), and the U.S. Navy for the design of support facilities. Tetra Tech was responsible for the overall task order management for Concept Planning (TO 03) and MDA Tactical Design (TO 04) and provided civil engineering, fire protection engineering, cost estimation, and independent technical review for project architecture for Concept Planning (TO 03), MDA Tactical Design (TO 04), and Navy Garrison Design (TO 05). Tetra Tech is currently leading the team in providing Title II engineering services during construction of the AAMDSC under a follow on contract.

For the AAMDSC, our team provided on-site surveying and mapping, groundwater supply development, geotechnical and environmental subsurface investigations, environmental data collection, and report preparation. Tetra Tech used these activities to inform the engineering, planning, and environmental studies required by the design team to prepare final construction plans and specifications.

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USACE Program Manager (Missile Defense)

To ensure the completed design documents were fully responsive to applicable host nation and U.S. standards, the project team assessed and compared Polish and U.S. codes, regulations, and requirements as they relate to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the U.S. and Polish governments. The SOFA establishes the technical and safety requirements and standards of construction including environmental standards. Tetra Tech and the team met with project stakeholders to review the findings, determine where waivers may be applicable, and reach consensus on approach for incorporating the host nation’s requirements.

Taking into account these inputs, our project manager developed a compliance matrix for each design discipline, indicating whether the U.S. standards are similarly effective to Polish standards in achieving the desired protections or whether application of U.S. standards would have no foreseeable adverse impact upon the Polish general public or personnel. Because of the agreements between the U.S. and Polish governments to allow the host nation an opportunity to review concept design documents prior to construction, establishing the matrix at the outset of the project was imperative to maintain overall schedule and minimize design changes during reviews.

For the tactical facilities, the project team developed documents to establish complete and fully detailed requirements for construction, including drawings, specifications, design analysis, permitting documentation, and other supporting documents. The team also designed supporting infrastructure including communications, cabling, equipment, utilities, general road work, flatwork, paving, and parking lots.

The Navy support facilities include operational and life support buildings and infrastructure to support Navy personnel who will operate the AAMDSC. This will be one of the first Navy bases to be constructed in nearly 30 years. In coordination with the related MDA facilities design project, our multidisciplinary architecture-engineering team developed full designs including drawings, specifications, design analysis, permitting documentation, and other supporting documents.

For both the MDA and Navy facilities, Tetra Tech performed construction management, including both home office support (reach-back) and on-site personnel, who collaborated through weekly conferences and participated in regular integrated project team in-progress reviews and configuration management meetings. In addition, our on-site personnel provided real-time advice and support to the resident engineer and staff.

To date, our team has completed environmental and geotechnical studies, prepared a conceptual design analysis, and produced 100 percent designs for the construction of tactical and support facilities. As required by USACE, low impact development and sustainable design principles were included in the design and construction of this project. As part of the civil engineering design, we also developed detailed clearing and grubbing specifications to eliminate site features that could obstruct or hide intruders from detection. Since trees and shrubs are considered a national treasure/resource in Poland, our team made extensive efforts to minimize the scope of tree and shrub removal during facility construction.