Client US Department of the Air Force

Scott Air Force Base - Visitor's Quarters

Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

This six-story, 284-room Visiting Quarters replaces five outdated buildings slated for demolition. Guest rooms are similar to common hotel rooms in size and function with a bedroom, desk, closet, chair and cabinets that house a refrigerator and microwave. The Business Suites are larger and have space for an additional sitting area, as well as a washer/dryer unit in the bathroom. Functionally, the facility includes guest rooms, Rickenbacher coffee shop, small sundries retail, fitness center, conference/training rooms, administration spaces, luggage storage, business center lobby lounge, outdoor patio and on-site laundry for linens/housekeeping. The facility is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification with 42 of the required 50 credits earned by the project design.

At a glance

170,500 SF

Six Stories

284 Rooms

LEED Silver Certified


Officers Quarters have an additional seating area

The suites are located on the top floor to provide superior views


Site Investigation


Program Validation

Design Charrette

Concept Design through Final Design

Site/Utility Design

Architectural Design

Interior Design

Landscape Architecture


Energy Modeling

Force Protection

Fire Protection

Cost Estimating

Sustainability Coordination


The chosen site is located along the Base perimeter, and is constrained by AT/FP requirements (82-FT setback), existing facilities/parking, circulation issues related to a nearby daycare center, and a major utility corridor.


Midway through design, the design guide for the standard room template was changed. In order to accommodate the change and maintain the program on the selected site, the building design was expanded from five floors to six. This increase introduced additional AT/FP requirements (Type 1), including rated roof assembly, walls, and structure. 


The 284-room Visiting Quarters replaces five outdated buildings slated for demolition