U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

With more than 34,000 citizens and soldiers worldwide, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) strives to make sure that U.S. servicemen have the proper facilities that they need. And that is exactly what it is working for on its projects at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Resident Engineer Troy Funk says the projects were awarded to several contractors who often worked at the fort simultaneously. For example, Detroit-based general contractor Walbridge won a $151 million contract to build parking lots, roadways, six tactical equipment maintenance facilities and six company operations facilities on a 457-acre site. 

Chicago-based Archer Western Contractors also won a $92 million contract to build 20 barracks facilities that each house 72 soldiers. Minneapolis-based M.A. Mortenson Co. won a $23.5 million contract from the USACE to build the consolidated brigade headquarters, which spans 140,000 square feet. 

Atlanta-based H.S. Joint Venture also won a contract to build a 26,000-square-foot dining hall that serves 1,300 troops per meal. “That’s based on two rotations,” Funk explains, adding that the hall features a takeout area, where soldiers can grab quick lunches when they don’t have time to sit and eat.

Although the contractors finished work on all of these projects earlier this year, two more projects are now underway. Cincinnati-based Megen Construction is building an 80,000-square-foot physical fitness center, and Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors is constructing a 40,000-square-foot medical treatment clinic.

“It’s going to be used to give medical treatment to the troops and their family members,” Funk says. “That one is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2012.” 

The physical fitness center is scheduled to be completed by January 2012.

Project Pride

Fort Stewart has long needed the new facilities, Funk says. The project originally was intended to house the 4th Brigade, which was part of the original Grow The Army plan.

Although those plans were eventually scrapped, the facilities were still approved because the older facilities had outlived their usefulness, according to Funk. The unit that is in the new complex was previously housed in temporary facilities.  Soldiers who transferred to the base were living in transitional units.

“This was used to resolve that issue,” he says. “Everybody, in the end, [did a great job] for the troops. We were able to get them in prior to the troops’ return from their deployment in Iraq.  This ensured that they could move right into the new facilities instead of having to move twice upon their return.”

Funk also is pleased with the work of USACE’s suppliers. “We didn’t have any issues when we were waiting on materials,” he says. “It was just a very well supplied construction complex. You would figure that with a complex of this size, we would have run into some issues with bricks, but I can’t think of one problem we had.”

Promoting Stability

Based in Washington, D.C., USACE also builds and maintains the U.S. infrastructure. “We are also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life,” it says.

USACE notes that it “energizes the economy” by dredging waterways to support the movement of critical commodities and providing recreation at such locations as campgrounds, lakes and marinas. “And by devising hurricane and storm damage reduction infrastructure, we are reducing risks from disasters,” it states.


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