Clark Construction Group completed the San Antonio Military Medical Center, a $759-million expansion and renovation of the existing Brooke Army Medical Center, in July 2011.

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San Antonio Military Medical Center.

New construction included a 764,233-sq-ft consolidated medical tower, a 5,200-vehicle central parking structure and a central energy plant.

The project also included extensive renovations to 350,000 sq ft of existing facilities.

"Our largest challenge was completing a project of this size and scope with a very compressed BRAC [Base Realignment and Closure Act] congressionally mandated time line," says Bridget Booth, regional small business liaison officer at Clark Construction. "From the first site activities to final completion, the project was constructed in 28 months. If that were not challenging enough, a good portion of the construction commenced with 65% construction documents. So we were installing work and procuring equipment with a set of evolving documents."

Another challenge for the team was eliminating any construction impact on medical operations, patients and staff. To address this, the contractor developed and adhered to a strict work plan.

"We completed over 4 million man-hours of construction without a lost-time incident," Booth says.

Key Players

Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

General Contractor: Clark/Hunt, a joint venture, Bethesda, Md.

Lead Design: RTKL, Dallas

Civil: Halff Engineering, Richardson, Texas

Structural: Walter P Moore and Associates, Dallas

MEP: Smith, Seckman, Reid, Dallas

Submitted by Clark Construction Group