ALU Facts

What is the Army Logistics University and Simulation Training Center?

The Army Logistics University vision includes a World-class research and student center, a state-of-the-art enterprise education management system, expanded partnerships with universities and colleges, and progressive degree programs.

The Army Logistics University opened its doors on July 2, 2009, as the premier lifelong learning center for the Army’s professional military, Civilian, joint, interagency, multinational, and intergovernmental partners within the sustainment community. The university provides a world-class research and student center, a state-of-the-art enterprise education management system, expanded partnerships with universities and colleges, and progressive degree programs.

ALU consolidates over 200 courses previously offered by five schools to educate sustainment leaders. The new organization is comprised of three distinct colleges, the College of Professional and Continuing Education (formally the Army Logistics Management College), the Logistics Leader College, and the Technical Logistics College, and a consolidated Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy. All of these organizations have a different focus, but share the same mission; to provide professional military education and key functional training to the Army’s sustainers: Civilians, officers, warrant officers and NCOs.

Equipped with reconfigurable rooms, video teleconferencing capabilities, a modern food court, bookstore, and an 18,000 square-foot logistics research and community library, the ALU will educate more than 2,300 students daily, and over 40,000 students annually.

Co-located with ALU is the Simulation Training Center which provides robust training capabilities supporting logistics units and Soldiers worldwide. STC supports simulation exercises, battle lab experiments, knowledge management events, lifelong learning, and sustainment education and training courses. In addition, it hosts a state-of-the-art Model Command Post and a world-class communications network capable of distributing exercises and events throughout the world.

Construction:

  • Contract awarded July 2007
  • Completed in 22 months
  • $136 million total cost
  • Situated on 36 acres
  • $85 million of construction work occurred in one year
  • 50-year infrastructure life
  • Wireless internet access throughout
  • 927,916 total man hours
  • Education Building
    • Largest building on Fort Lee
    • Contains community library
    • 348,511 sq. feet total space
    • 4-story structure
    • 92 classrooms
    • 2-level library
    • 220,000 sq. feet of raised flooring
    • 186 flat panel displays
    • Reconfigurable rooms
    • Ability to train 40,000 students yearly
    • More than 450 faculty and staff members
    • Globally accessible
  • Simulation Training Center
    • 48,876 sq. feet
    • 3-story structure
    • 2 labs/exercise rooms

Going Green:

  •  83 percent of the construction waste recycled.
  • Designed to meet Leadership in Energy Environmental Design Sliver standards. The LEEDS green building rating system is designed to promote design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improve occupant health and well-being.
  • To maximize heating, ventilation and air conditioning system’s energy efficiency, a special system was developed that regulates ventilation air flow based on room occupancies. This was done by mounting temperature and carbon dioxide sensors in each room that control the water flow to the heating and cooling coils to meet the varying thermal demands of the space.
  • So the buildings would use as little water as possible, design team members selected plumbing fixtures that collectively use 20 percent less water than a building with standard fixtures. Additionally, innovative gas-fired water heaters that are 94 percent efficient were selected.
  • Many materials met or exceeded the U.S. Green Building Requirements.
  • Earth-tone interior colors reduce maintenance and reflect interior light.
  • Every material used in construction met Federal Acquisition Regulatory System buy American requirements. FARS is a government acquisition program that insures supplies for government projects are purchased from American companies when possible.

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