U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Vandenberg Air Force Base Education Center
Salas O’Brien was selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide LEED Commissioning services for an education center on Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara, California.
Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) was established in 1957 on the site of a former army training center, and it has grown into the third largest air force base in the country. Located on a remote stretch of Pacific coastline in Santa Barbara County, California, the over 99,000-acre base comprises nearly 500 facilities that support base personnel and the base’s core functions: intercontinental ballistic missile and polar orbit satellite tests and launches.
The US Army Corps of Engineers prioritizes sustainability and safety, so when their new education center at Vandenberg AFB needed a partner to perform commissioning services, Salas O’Brien’s team was a perfect fit. The new, over 38,000-square-foot education center supports the academic and professional development of officers, airmen, and Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees. The building includes pre-wired administrative space for the center and five colleges, with lecture classrooms, testing rooms, and a learning resource center. The center also features distance learning classrooms with tele-video satellite feeds, an auditorium equipped with computer LAN connectivity, and computer-science and engineering laboratories.
Salas O’Brien provided commissioning for the building’s HVAC systems, including boilers, chillers, variable air volume air handlers, exhaust and supply fans, and direct digital control (DDC) system. Our team also commissioned the lighting controls and water heater systems.
The finished project achieved LEED Silver status, and it continues to support personnel education in a sustainable environment.