PROJECT COST: $160 million

7th Special Forces Group
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7th Special Forces Group

The 7th Special Forces Group, one of five active special forces groups providing support to combatant commanders, will relocate to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, next year, following completion of construction of a new complex. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando broke ground on the first $160-million phase in March 2009.

The contractor will build eight buildings, including a group headquarters building, a battalion headquarters/company operations facility, a combat readiness training facility, a group support battalion headquarter and operations facility, and a dining hall. As part of the scope of work, Hensel Phelps orchestrated clearing, grubbing, grading and stabilization of an approximately 350-acre cantonment site and 130-acre access road, and construction of a road system and related infrastructure.

The team aims for LEED-Silver certification. The project is part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission program. Approximately 2,200 soldiers will move from Fort Bragg, N.C., to Eglin. Hensel Phelps expects to complete the first phase in August 2011. The company also received a contact for the third $37.5-million phase, which entails constructing barracks, vehicle maintenance shops, a tactical communications center and other buildings.

Key Facts:

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,Mobile District, Ala.
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Fla.
Start Date: March 2009
Completion Date: August 2011

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