Ameren Decatur Gas Control Building Completed

Ameren Decatur Gas Control Building Completed

Ameren Decatur Gas Control Building Interior

Ameren Decatur Gas Control Building Interior

Ameren Decatur Gas Control Building Completed

Facility Designed to Remain in Service During Sever Weather

New Gas Control Facility

Ameren | Decatur, IL

Ameren wished to move their gas control facilities in Springfield, IL, to a more secure location that they would independently own, operate and maintain. Ameren chose to relocate to one of their properties in Decatur, IL, which was central to their service area.

CMT designed this new location to be a “hardened,” secure facility, which would remain operational during severe weather such as ice storms and tornadoes. CMT also provided architectural, structural, civil, HVAC, electrical and landscaping design services.

This project was uniquely challenging because of Ameren’s need to continue operations in inclement weather. To meet these requirements, CMT designed the facility according to FEMA 361: Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms, which requires all structural elements and systems be designed to withstand 250 mph winds.

To resist high winds and resulting projectiles during large storms, the facility’s exterior walls were constructed with reinforced concrete. To resist the large uplift pressures on the roof, the building was constructed with concrete ballast, and in addition, the interior column footings are held down with helical anchors.

 

Project Contact(s)

George Cain, AIA, Steve Schroll, PE, ENV SP

Project Service(s)

  • Architectural Services
  • Civil/Site Engineering
  • Construction Administration
  • Design and Construction Engineering
  • Electrical
  • Facilities Planning
  • Interior Design
  • Mechanical
  • Permitting, Regulatory Coordination and Compliance
  • Site Due Diligence
  • Site Selection/Feasibility
  • Stormwater Management
  • Utility Coordination