Corps Manager Has the Right Rx for DOD’s Medical Megabuild in San Antonio
Randy Holman, credited with overseeing the surge in military construction activity at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston prompted by mandated base realignment, describes the program as “fast-moving, complex and dynamic.”
When completed by September as required by Congress, the $3-billion effort will have built or renovated nearly 10 million sq ft of U.S. Defense Dept. space to become the nationwide center of training for all enlisted combat medics, says Holman, program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and deputy director of the area’s Joint Program Management Office, which coordinates military activities in the area. His mission includes managing schedule, cost and the scope of 161 construction contracts.
Doug McMurray, executive vice president of the San Antonio chapter of the Associated General Contractors, credits Holman’s management skill in keeping the realignment on track and work flowing to firms, including small and disadvantaged businesses.
Expansion of Brooke Army Medical Center, the nearly $1-billion flagship project, adds 750,000 sq ft of space as the city’s primary medical facility and the only level-one trauma and burn center in DOD nationwide. When the project’s contractor was uncertain about meeting the scheduled completion date, Holman made sure nothing interfered.
“[Holman] has gone out of his way to communicate with the military and the community at large,” says C.E.M. “Kim” Maxwell, deputy director of the Joint Program Office at nearby Randolph Air Force Base. He credits Holman with creating opportunities for local businesses despite the downturn.