C4ISR Center of Excellence

Aberdeen, MD
Owner U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
General Contractor Turner / Grunley-Kinsley JV
Schedule Duration 09/2007 to 09/2010
Architect / Engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Subcontract Mechanical Value $110MM

Project Overview

The joint venture team of Turner-Grunley/Kinsley selected Bell their team member for the new Design Build Aberdeen C4ISR project. The 1,600,000 square foot Aberdeen C4ISR  (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) Center of Excellence was a multi-structure project, and is a state-of-the-art research and technology campus at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, a US Army research and testing center for munitions and ordinance programs in Harford County, Maryland.

In this project, Bell provided the installation for the Mechanical and Plumbing services for the highly technical C4ISR campus. The nine-building campus included a three-story Research Center, two five-story Operations Buildings, a four-story Command and Control facility, which contained a C4I Command Center, and various Mission Training and Maintenance Facilities. This project contained 250,000 square feet of Sensitive Compartment Information Facility (SCIF) space. All structures complied with the Unified Facilities Criteria Anti-Terrorist Protection (AT/FP) Measures providing blast resistant design features.

Each major building had independent Central Utility rooms for the mechanical and plumbing systems. Bell performed the installation of the mechanical piping, equipment, and HVAC sheet metal along with all plumbing piping and equipment. Bell was responsible for the interlock wiring control systems for the entire base.

Bell assisted in the Project’s LEED program with innovative solutions in mechanical and plumbing systems and bringing experience in the design and construction in sustainable green building technologies. The C4ISR Center of Excellence project was designed and constructed for LEED SILVER certification.


Bell repeatedly demonstrated a team/partnering approach to all facets of work thereby a major contributor in the early completion and outstanding success of this award winning project.  I personally look forward to continued opportunities to work with Bell and their outstanding personnel.



Robert R. Holt
Project Director / Senior Construction Executive
Turner / Grunley-Kinsley Joint Venture