Paradigm Design is working on a new governmental project in Battle Creek, MI.
The Urban Defense training facility is designed by Paradigm Design to replicate an urban environment with commercial and residential buildings, roads, maneuvering approaches, and staging areas. The training range consists of nine single and multi-story buildings, tunnel/sewer system, simulated power poles, over 200 meters of barrier walls, chain link perimeter fences, and pedestrian and vehicular circulation systems. The fences are located to enclose residential yards and create barriers to go over or around.
A 3D BIM model of the city is used to provide tactical analysis of buildings and site layouts for the initial design. This same 3D model will be used by the Military for mission preparation and After Action Review.
An interesting aspect of the design process for this project is in the way the designer has to think. Instead of a pretty facade, one thinks of where someone could hide a gun or IUD. The designer also has to think of what the soldier does or does not see as they round the corner.