Fort Hood’s new Warrior Transition Brigade Complex is a $62 million, 15-acre campus that includes a 30,137 square-foot battalion headquarters, a 15,000 square-foot company headquarters, a 192,000 square-foot 320-person barracks and a 15,000 square-foot Soldiers and Family Assistance Center that includes child care facilities and a modern playground. The new facility, which opens June 6, improves care for wounded, injured and ill soldiers and their families because services are now centrally located and within walking distance. The new WTB campus allows WTB soldiers to work, train and socialize as a group to create tighter bonds that have proven to be helpful in a soldier’s healing.
All four buildings are eco-friendly with design solutions that conserve energy, water efficient and self-sustainable. The buildings have solar panels that provide about 30 percent of energy used to heat hot water, as well as standing seam metal roofs that lower the buildings' solar reflectivity index, which reduces heat and cooling costs. Other energy efficiency enhancements include motion sensing lights, high-efficiency window systems and non-water using urinals that use a biodegradable liquid for sanitary and odor free environment and dual flush toilets will save up to 30 gallons of water. The WT Operations building is LEED Silver Level certified.
Landscaping considerations include using native trees and grass that are grouped together by similar watering needs and selected for their hardiness, availability and drought tolerance.
The WT complex, by using durable finishes and efficient systems, is designed for a 25-year life span before renovation. It has an estimated 50-year life span with renovations.