Ogden, UT

Hill Air Force Base

Stringent security protocol were met for this two-phase design-build project.

Exterior view of Hill Air Force Base entrance

Value Delivered

Wasatch Electric provided electrical design-build services for two buildings within the Software Support Facility at Hill Air Force Base. 

To ensure appropriate separation of secure systems from non-secure systems, the project had to meet a number of military and government standards—complying with Director of Central Intelligence Directives, Joint Army Navy Air Force 6/9 criteria, and sensitive compartmented information facility requirements 

The project’s aggressive schedule required diligent design-build processes, as well as extensive coordination among ourselves, the general contractor, electrical engineer, mechanical design team, and structural design team. Ultimately, we were able to deliver the project on schedule, while meeting both LEED and anti-terrorism/force protection requirements. 

Client Objectives

The client required an electrical contractor with design-build capabilities and the specialized expertise necessary to meet the unique project needs of a of a sensitive, high-security facility. 

Project Solutions

The two-phase project began with a 72,500-square-foot, two-story addition to one of the most secure buildings on the base. Due to the security level, all work had to be performed while the building was fully operational. The addition featured: 

  • 12 classified labs with raised floor areas for depot level maintenance, supporting compliance with “Core Law” and “50/50 Rule” legislation 
  • A secure full theater and ground theater air control system lab for simulator training and briefing
  • Relocation of an existing entry control point to a new lobby, including all CCTV and security technology 

The second phase of the project consisted of a 72,500-square-foot, two-story addition to the south side of the building constructed in phase one. The addition was built to provide software engineering for new fighter flight programs, weapons systems, and missile programs, and featured dedicated space for software development and laboratory testing of computer systems. 

Additional systems within our scope included:

  • Classified security systems, wiring, and communication lines 
  • Hi-voltage underground distribution
  • Fiber optic underground backbone
  • Copper underground backbone
  • Two 2,500-kilovolt-amp pad mounted transformers.
  • Two 4,000-amp main services
  • Two 400-hertz converters 
  • Two uninterruptible power supply systems
  • Two 1,200-kilovolt-amp standby generators
  • Complete fire alarm, mass notification, and CCTV systems
  • Complete security system with intrusion detection, card access control, and public address communications 

Client Background

Located just south of Ogden, UT, Hill Air Force Base hosts the 75th Air Base Wing, as well as Ogden Air Logistics Complex, which is a worldwide manager for a wide range of aircraft, engines, missiles, software, avionics, and accessories components.