Case Study

Vandenberg Air Force Base Education Center

The US Army Corps of Engineers prioritizes sustainability and safety, so when their new education center at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) in Santa Barbara County, California, needed a partner to perform commissioning services, Salas O’Brien’s team was a perfect fit. Vandenberg AFB was established in 1957 on the site of a former army training center, and it has grown to be the third largest air force base in the country. Located on a remote stretch of Pacific coastline, 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 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 prewired 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.


Santa Barbara, CA

Project Size:
38,384 Square Feet

LEED Commissioning


LEED Silver