(SAN DIEGO) — In San Diego, one of the country’s most powerful military towns, government proposals continue to play a crucial role in the local design industry.  At the United States Marine Corps’ largest West Coast Training facility, Camp Pendleton, construction is underway to renovate Brig Building 24100, Area 24.  The architect of record for the project is KMA Architecture & Engineering (KMA), and the general contractor is IE-Pacific Inc.

KMA applied their military design expertise to renovate the two-story brig, a pre-trial holding and detention facility, and in turn, improve the brig’s functionality for the administrative staff.  For example, the installation of new epoxy flooring will make for easy maintenance and increase aesthetics, while upgrades to the Fire Alarm and Public Address (PA) systems throughout the facility will improve communication between the guards.  The entire second deck is also being converted from a prison cell wing to an admin training area with gym equipment, combat training room and classrooms, among other facilities. 

Other enhancements include changes to the roofing, electrical, lighting and plumbing systems, as well as upgrades to the HVAC, security and telecom systems.   Minor structural and landscape improvements are also incorporated into the overall remodel of the building, along with the integration of new interior finishes, furnishings and fixtures.

In addition to the brig renovation, there are also plans to build a new one-story Riot Gear Storage Building in the coming months.

“We have been fortunate to work with the government on many construction projects and take a great deal of pride in the work that we do for our military men and women,” said Don Blair, President of KMA Architecture & Engineering.  “The Brig renovations feature security-enhancing improvements for personnel, while the construction of storage building 201D will provide much needed space to house state-of-the-art combat gear.”

The KMA design team includes Don Blair, Principal; Heather Mertes, Project Manager; and Ilia Voronchihin, Project Architect.  Other members of the design team include structural and civil engineers from Burkett & Wong; electrical engineers from McDonald Engineers Inc.; mechanical and plumbing engineers from Stueven Engineering; general contractor IE-Pacific Inc.; interior design professionals from Rutledge Haro Design Inc.; specifications consultants from KCS Specifications; and hardware consultants from Opening Consultants Inc.

About KMA

Headquartered in San Diego, KMA has provided integrated architectural, engineering and planning services throughout Southern California and the Western United States since 1973.  The company services include site selection assistance, land planning, programming, scheduling, project design, field supervision and construction administration.  KMA also offers Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) Accredited Professionals with expertise in the development of sustainable, high-performance buildings.  For more information, please call 619-276-7710, visit, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.