USACE Engineer Research and Development Center's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
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Mission Statement
    To provide innovative cold regions solutions and services to agencies planning, constructing, operating, and maintaining standard and strategic facilities in cold regions worldwide.

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Building Technology

  • Criteria and Design Guidance for Army and Air Force Buildings and Facilities Including:
    • Headquarters, Barracks and Dining Facilities
    • Medical and Dental Facilities
    • Family Housing and Child Development Centers
  • Development and Testing of Innovative Phase Change Materials for Heat Exchange Systems
  • Thermal Analysis of Unique, Cold Regions Infrastructure
  • Roof Ventilation Design Guidance to Avoid Problematic Icing
  • Research on Permafrost Engineering and Interactions with Infrastructure
  • Techniques to Minimize Snow and Ice Problems in and Around Buildings
  • Energy Efficiency Analysis

Pavements, Concrete, and Airfields

  • Snow Drift Siting Studies Using Wind Tunnel Facility
  • Development of Cold Tolerant Concrete Mixes
  • Mechanistic-Empirical Models for Pavement Subgrade Design
  • Research on Permafrost and Terrains
  • Design and Repair Guidance and Criteria for Air Force Bases and Fixed Runways

Polar Facilities and Logistics

  • Research to improve the Army's ability to conduct operations in extreme climates and remote locations.
  • Improved site planning for Arctic land disturbance analyses.
  • Provide Arctic and Antarctic operation and logistics support.
  • Development of construction methods and design requirements for sea ice, glacial ice, and deep snow airfields.
  • Development of autonomous instrument shelters for extreme climates.

Cold Challenges

  • Strategic defense and national facilities located in cold and remote locations.
  • Performance criteria must be adapted to provide high reliability.
  • Cold regions can add significant cost penalties to build and sustain facilities.
  • Effects of extreme cold on material and procedures.
  • Army Transformation infrastructure must support all season operations.

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Chief, Force Projection and Sustainment Branch
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
72 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH   03755-1290

Phone: 603-646-4230 (choose "6")


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