Architecture firm HKS and Clark Construction Group has broken ground on the FBI Innovation Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Innovation Center is located at Redstone Arsenal where the FBI is building a 98-ha (243-acre) campus to realign the bureau, build its capabilities, enhance training programs, and tap into talent in the region, HKS said in a press release.
As the flagship building of FBI’s new Science and Technology District at Redstone Arsenal, the 23,226-m2 (250,000-sf) Innovation Center will be a first-of-its-kind facility dedicated to cyber threat intelligence, data analytics, and training to combat emerging threats.
The three-story building will include collaborative office space, formal and informal auditoriums, ‘collision spaces’ for impromptu learning encounters, and specialized training spaces including a kinetic cyber range and a virtual reality (VR) classroom for agents to test and apply their skills and tools in real-world settings.
“Just eight months after commencing design, we are excited to see this project break ground,” said Jim Whitaker, principal-in-charge leading the design team. “I am proud of the immense collaboration of Clark, the FBI, and our design team to quickly and safely advance the design of this state-of-the-art facility in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The HKS-Clark team’s scope of work also includes a central utility plant, dining facilities, and an outdoor quad on the new Science and Technology District.
The project is slated for completion in 2023.