The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District to build a Cyber Engineering & Academic Center.
When completed, the center will replace outdated facilities at the academy and will be used by instructors to provide cadets hands-on core courses in science, technology, engineering and math. The structure will have large, open workspaces.
The Army Corps of Engineers received four bids for the firm-fixed-price contract via the internet and obligated the full amount at the time of award, the Department of Defense said Friday.
DoD expects the company to finish work by Dec. 4, 2024.
The 136,000 sq.-ft. academic facility will sit on five acres of land near the south entrance of the campus and other academic buildings and barracks. The center will have four floors, a multi-story underground parking garage and a walkway connecting the center to an adjacent academic building.
It will house the engineering department with classrooms for instruction on civil, mechanical, electrical and cyber engineering. The center will also have laboratories for instruction on topics including thermodynamics, biomechanics, weapons, photonics, telecom, computer, sensors, artificial intelligence and environmental and energy sustainability.
The center will be used for cadets to receive training on robotics and drones and will have a Robotics High-Bay Lab to allow indoor drone flight and robotics use.
A 30-feet wide pedestrian enclosed bridge with an exterior rooftop will connect the center to Mahan Hall and span over Thayer Walk, the main pedestrian access way on the campus. This bridge will not only provide an iconic entrance to the Cadet Area, but will encourage collaboration between the buildings.
Construction on the center is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025