PROJECT COST: $73,000,000

Company Operations Facility, Task Order No. 5
Photo: The Benham Cos.
Company Operations Facility, Task Order No. 5

Part of the Army's initiative to arrange combat capabilities where it can effectively organize, train and deploy troops to support ongoing operations worldwide includes the creation of a Brigade Combat Team Complex Company Operations Facility for each brigade combat team. This project, a Company Operations Facility at El Paso's Fort Bliss, is a combination of thin-shelled, tilt-up and modular construction consisting of eight buildings. The BCT 3 facility will use green-building techniques equivalent to LEED-silver certification. The project houses six battalions with a total of 31 companies and covers approximately 423,000 sq ft of space to accommodate 3,702 soldiers. The facilities simulate private sector office and warehouse-type space to house administrative operations, and are used for storing and moving supplies.

Fort Bliss, the second largest installation and the largest training installation in the Army, is transitioning from an air-defense center to a heavy-armor-training post. It now includes the 1st Armored Division from Germany, four brigade combat teams and other combat and service support units.

Key Facts

Location: Fort Bliss
Total Construction Cost: $73,000,000
Construction Start Date: January 2009
Expected Completion Date: February 2011
Utilizing BIM? No
Seeking LEED certification? No
Owner/Developer: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Bliss
General Contractor/Construction Manager: Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Austin
Architect: The Benham Cos., Tulsa, Okla.
Main Specialty/Subcontractor: Western States Fire Protection, Albuquerque, N.M.

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