Projects Architecture

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center

Butlerville, Indiana

As part of the USPFO Department of Indiana Indefinite Delivery Agreement, DLZ was commissioned to provide professional services to establish a Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF) at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) in Butlerville, Indiana. MUTC is a secluded, self-contained community, once home to the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center. The 1,000 acre site was turned over to the Indiana National Guard in July of 2005 and since has been continually evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training environment.

MUTC is a consortium of governmental, public and private entities that are pooling their unique capabilities in order to provide the most realistic training experience possible. Training at MUCT can be tailored to replicate both foreign and domestic scenarios and can be utilized by various civilian and military organizations.

Those utilizing MUTC have access to a 180 acre reservoir and urban infrastructure consisting of about 75 buildings including a school, hospital, dormitories, light industrial structures, single family type dwellings, a dining facility and administrative buildings totaling approximately 850,000 square feet of floor space.

Additionally the training area includes an extensive underground utility tunnel system and over 9 miles of roads and streets. New buildings required for this project were developed to conform to the Range Design Guide.  Floor plans and building elevations for some of these new buildings were furnished.  Other plans were developed to be site specific.

The new buildings include:  the Range Operations Center, the After Action Review Building, Latrine, Operations/Storage Building, Bleacher Enclosure, Warehouse, Mosque, 4 Shanty Town Building designs, and 2 Guard Towers for the Jail Complex.  Site elements included a 3-acre Cemetery with above-ground Crypts, a “Shanty Town”, a Staging Area, Courtyard Walls, Soccer Fields, Traffic circles and a Roundabout.

Some of the existing buildings at MUTC were used for CACTF purposes and this project included making these existing buildings safe for training exercises.  The first step for existing buildings was to determine the nature and extent of any existing problems.  Deterioration of the existing buildings is being caused by the sun, wind, rain and freeze-thaw cycles.

Asbestos abatement was needed in some buildings.  DLZ provided reports to define the problems, quantify the solutions to the problems and determine the cost of needed repairs. In addition to the needed repairs, the cost estimates include designated items specifically needed for CACTF purposes, such as “Mouse Holes,” “Breach Points” and “Rappel Anchors.”  The intent for the Range Buildings is to provide a safe maintainable shell.

DLZ provided cost estimates for the new and existing buildings and worked with the US Military to arrive at the quantity of work the budget would support.