Awesome Town is Awesome.


Nobody lives in Awesome Town. There is no plumbing, no electricity and no air conditioning. There is no city council, no Police Department, no Fire Department, no Post Office. There is a jail where no one will be incarcerated. There is no telephone service and no weekly trash pickup.

Awesome Town has no industry, no farming, and no business.

There are no stores or restaurants in Awesome Town, but there is a 5-story hotel. Nobody has ever checked in to the hotel and no one ever will.  There are no gas stations because there are no cars, and children are not allowed in Awesome Town.

There are no newspapers in Awesome Town because there is no one to read them. There are no medical facilities or pharmacies either, and there is no hospital. There is no internet service or broadcast radio or television.

Awesome Town is located on San Clemente Island, California. It is a Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) Training Complex.

[From this Architect’s perspective, this would have been a fun project.  Found via here. Photos from here. Detailed description from CMA below the break.]

Vasquez Marshall Architects
13220 Evening Creek Drive, Suite 117
San Diego, CA 92128
David R. Vasquez, RA, LEED® AP

Stedman & Dyson Structural Engineers
I.E.-Pacific, Inc.
Persall Masonry Inc.

RCP Block and Brick, Inc.

Department of the Navy

Architect’s Commentary:

This Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) Training Complex is based on European and Third World urban patterns to give multidirectional access for Navy S.E.A.L. Operations. Water, air, and land approaches are all possible for training purposes. The training facilities include 26 buildings consisting of a variety of building types, including a 5-story hotel, urban open square, City Hall/Police building with jail, office, bank, school/mosque, industrial, retail/residential, embassy and an urban open market.

These collections of buildings, along with site walls, are designed to create diverse tactical situations for Navy S.E.A.L. training with narrow twisting, winding roads and pathways creating an unknown situation around each corner. The building interiors are designed in a similar fashion to the exterior style where each room, corridor and stair presents a new situation to the trainees.

Unique features of this collection of buildings include the considerations made for blasting and explosives. All rooms were designed so that live explosives can be set off inside and not destroy the structural integrity of the building. Blasting windows have been integrated throughout the buildings to help with relief of these blasts.


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4 Responses to “Awesome Town is Awesome.”

  1. Dennis the Vizsla Says:

    Hmm, sounds like various small towns in upstate New York …

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    D the V– Sounds like the comments around here recently. I was beginning to think that folks were getting blocked by accident.

  3. coldwarrior Says:

    we pioneered the doctrine for much of the urban warfare training. it used to be called combat in cities. i think warfare from now on is pure urban because it is too easy to ‘own’ the wide open land

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    coldw– Think that the battle for Hue had anything to do with the shift in marines/infantry training? Nice to see you here.

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