Naval Operational Support Center

Naval-Operational-Support-CenterFort Custer Training Center is a federally-owned and state-operated Michigan Army National Guard training facility. One of the most heavily used Midwest training facilities, Fort Custer is also used by other branches of the armed forces and by armed forces from Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

To save costs and to offer Navy Reservists access to the training and educational facilities on Fort Custer, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command decided to consolidate Navy Reserve operations from Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan into a new, 29,206-square foot West Michigan Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC). Woolpert provided engineering services for this project and asked Fisher Engineering, Inc. (FEI) to provide performance-based fire alarm/MNS system design and life safety/code consulting services as part of the design/build team. Under a separate contract, Brinkmann Constructors provided construction services and asked FEI to perform fire protection QC specialist services.

The brick, concrete, and steel NOSC encompasses a two-story assembly hall, classrooms, medical exam rooms, a conference room, storage, NMCI (Navy Marine Corps Intranet)/LAN capabilities, unit conference counseling space, a crew’s lounge, administrative areas, recruiting facilities, toilets/showers, and janitor and mechanical equipment space. Support facilities include fire alarm systems and a fire sprinkler protection system.


Naval Facilities Engineering Command


Brinkmann Constructors


Fort Custer, MI

Services Provided

  • Preliminary design documents development
  • Design analysis
  • Construction documents development
  • Shop submittal review
  • In-progress installation review
  • Functional performance testing
  • Final site review

Construction Cost

$8.5 million


29,206 SF

Completion Date