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171,000 square foot facility housing a 210-foot-long replica of a guided missile destroyer


Battle Stations 21 Complex

McHugh led the design-build team to create this $82 million, ultra-high tech training simulator, unprecedented in scope and detail, at Great Lakes, the Navy's only recruit training center.

Melding the best of the very different disciplines of entertainment technology, military training and design and engineering, Battle Stations 21 includes a replica of a guided missile destroyer, surrounded by water. In a grueling, 12-hour training rite of passage, naval recruits will experience the sights, sounds and even smells of naval operations and crisis situations. With the facility to be used around the clock by up to 352 recruits at a time, durability, traffic flow and attention to detail took on added importance.

The project received two prestigious awards from the Design-Build Institute of America-the Public Sector Building Over $15 Million Design-Build Excellence Award and the first-ever Best Overall Design-Build Project Award. Other awards include Midwest Construction’s Institutional Project of the Year and the Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association.