Project Name: Camp Lejeune Mock Afghan Village
When the Marines needed a realistic Afghan village to train troops headed overseas, they turned to precast concrete. The precast “village,” created by Smith-Midland, consists of 23 buildings assembled inside an existing warehouse at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The Marine Corps also wanted the village to be realistic to give the trainees the most “real-life” training experience possible. The precast concrete structures were designed to mimic the adobe mud huts found in regions throughout Afghanistan. Using earth-toned pigment and a custom formliner. The precast option was cost effective and although many special considerations, including a low roof structure and fitting the pieces through existing garage door, had to be overcome the project was fully installed in approximately 26 days.