The Fort Worth District, established in 1950 after disastrous floods in the area, is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and military design and construction in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. The District:
- covers a geographical area of approximately 410,000 square miles and employs more than 1600 team members.
- has constructed 25 lakes, two major floodways and many local projects. These projects cost $2.6 billion to build, but have prevented more than $68 billion in flood damages.
- operates and maintains reservoirs and lakes for outdoor recreation opportunities for millions of visitors annually, while also furnishing approximately 35 percent of Texas’ water supply.
- supervises design and construction at Army and Air Force installations in three states, including facilities such as family housing, training and aircraft facilities, schools, child care centers, clinics and hospitals.
- executed over $3 billion worth of contracts in fiscal year 2009 - the largest amount of any district for FY09.
The Fort Worth District manages one of the largest military construction programs in the Corps and supports customers with design and construction projects at 17 active Army and Air Force installations in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana.
The district also assists Army and Air Force Reserve customers in Louisiana and Texas, provides operation and maintenance support to installations in three states, and leases facilities for military recruiting commands.
Fort Sam Houston
The BRAC Medical Construction Program consists of four major components:
Aerial view of BRAC medical construction at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
- The Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Medical Center Renovation/Construction Program
- The Medical Education and Training Campus
- The Laboratory/Research Facility Construction Program
- The Clinic Construction/Upgrade Program
Projects to expand and renovate Brooke Army Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston are moving forward. A groundbreaking ceremony took place in December 2008 for construction of a 768,000 square foot tower addition, 306,000 square feet of renovations, and construction of a 5,000 space parking garage. Design work has begun on a project to replace Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB. Wilford Hall will become an ambulatory outpatient care facility, transferring inpatient responsibilities to Brooke Army Medical Center. When the projects at the two medical centers are finished, they will be re-designated as the north and south campuses of the San Antonio Military Medical Center. The total cost of the SAMMC program is projected to be about $1.3 billion, which is coming from BRAC and other funding sources. The Medical Education and Training Campus program includes 13 buildings to support the realignment of Air Force and Navy medical enlisted personnel training from San Diego NAS, Great Lakes NAS, and Sheppard AFB to Fort Sam Houston. The Army medical enlisted personnel training is currently taking place at Fort Sam Houston. Once completed, METC will provide training for all three services together in the same buildings. The total cost of the METC construction program is projected to be $807 million, including BRAC and other funds. The third major component is the construction of new research and laboratory facilities. This $190 million program will construct the Joint Center of Excellence for Battlefield Health and Trauma Research and a Tri-Service Research Laboratory. The Battlefield Health and Trauma facility is scheduled for completion in early 2010. The contract to build the Tri-Service Lab was awarded in April 2009. The fourth component is the Clinic Program which upgrades and constructs troop outpatient clinical and dental facilities on Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis. The total construction program is valued at $86 million. The health clinic on Camp Bullis was completed November 2009. The Fort Sam Houston Primary Care Clinic is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2010. Addition and renovations to the Budge Dental Clinic on Fort Sam Houston are scheduled for completion by the fall of 2010.
Aerial view of the Fort Bliss Expansion program in El Paso, Texas.
The Fort Bliss Expansion program reached a major milestone with the turnover of the 1st Brigade Combat Team Complex. The expansion program was established in FY06 with a mission to build facilities for nearly 20,000 Soldiers and 30,000 family members. This original mission expanded and construction is now underway for two additional Brigade Combat Teams. These units raise the planned Soldier population to approximately 37,000. All BRAC and MILCON projects are designed and constructed under the Army’s MILCON Transformation Program. The Program Office is using the Land Development Engineer/Product-line Approach to accomplish the majority of BRAC and MILCON projects. Using the product-line approach, there team members performing work across six Districts; Fort Worth, Galveston, Tulsa, Little Rock, Albuquerque, and Sacramento along with team members from the Centers of Standardization. Additionally, the expansion program includes Range and Training Facility Projects focused on Soldier training needs and a Medical Program responsible for medical and dental facilities. This is an enormous expansion program with a total budget exceeding $4.5 billion. The current construction placement is nearly $20M per week. This is a fast tracked program. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team Complex was delivered in the Summer of 2009. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team Complex will be delivered the Summer of 2010; and the new Headquarters building for the 1st Armored Division is under construction and will be delivered in 2011.
Central Texas Area Office
The CTAO currently has over 40 active contracts valued in excess of $.5 billion being managed and supported by 70 USACE members within the area and at the various Installations. Installations covered include Fort Hood, Dyess, Goodfellow, and Laughlin Air Force Bases. The projects cover the entire spectrum of military construction projects from Child Care Development Centers, Religious and Family Support Facilities, Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities, Troop Dining Facilities, various Operations Facilities, Air Force Dormitories, an assortment of medical projects, Army Reserve and National Guard Centers, Aircraft Hangars and Modular Barracks.
In support of the FSF – TT Mission, Manufacture, transport and install 96 modular buildings & utility systems repair at North Fort Polk. Project consists of renovations and repairs to existing electrical and utility lines as well as new main sewer lines, lateral sewer lines, individual building service lines, primary and secondary electric service, gas lines and meters, fire protection lines including valves and hydrants, and including making connections to existing buildings and new building systems.
San Antonio Channel - Historic Mission Reach at Ashley Road (EXISTING)
The Fort Worth District Civil Works missions include flood damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife mitigation and environmental stewardship. The district’s Operations and Maintenance program includes 25 multi-purpose projects, three hydropower plants, 685,000 acres of land management, 397000 acres of water manaement and 340 recreation areas which receive over 25 million visitors annually. Our reservoirs have prevented more than $68 billion in flood damages since their construction, while also storing 35 percent of the state’s potable water supply.The district has built 58 flood control and/or multi-purpose projects.
San Antonio Channel - Historic Mission Reach at Ashley Road (PLANNED)
The district’s civil works area of responsibility covers approximately 53 percent of the state of Texas and portions of 10 river basins from the Rio Grande River in the Southwest to the Red River in the Northeast.The district is collaborating with numerous river authorities, Federal, state and local governments, and resource agencies on water resource studies within the Trinity, San Antonio, Guadalupe, Nueces, Brazos, Sulphur, Rio Grande and Lower Colorado River basins. The issues addressed in these studies range from large, complex, multi-purpose basin-wide water resource problems to smaller localized problems.
The Fort Worth District supports a checkpoint facility's program for U.S. Customs and Border Protection such as this new unit completed June 2009 in Uvalde.
The Fort Worth District provides a variety of services to other Federal agencies. Current projects include the design and construction of two Border Patrol Stations and two Customs and Border Protection Checkpoints. These facilities are in support of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and their mission to secure the southern border of Texas.
Additional projects include real estate acquisition, procurement and administrative services for other agencies. The district also provides extensive planning and environmental services for various agencies throughout the district boundary.
The Fort Worth District has deployed over 100 of its members, some of which have deployed multiple times, as part of the military and civilian contingent of the Army Corps of Engineers in the Middle East. Fort Worth District members, along with other Corps personel, have worked closely with other governmental and non-governmental agencies in both Iraq and Afghanistan. They provide technical assistance and construction services in support of USACE's overseas contingency operations. Fort Worth District employees assist in meeting the basic needs of the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan. By developing local capacity and literally paving the road to democracy, District employees continue to offer hope to future generations of both countries.
The Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program is implemented under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 for two-thirds of the State of Texas, including three very large, fast-growing metropolitan areas – Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin – and some of the fastest growing cities in the nation. The Program:
- protects functions of the aquatic environment while rendering fair and reasonable decisions in as efficient a manner as possible.
- expedites permit evaluations for high priority NCTCOG projects through a signed Memorandum of Agreement between the Corps and NCTCOG under section 214 of the Water Resources Devlopment Act of 2000.
- works regularly and effectively with numerous Federal agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; state agencies, such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Texas Department of Transportation; and regional and local agencies, such as the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Lower Colorado River Authority.
- regularly conducts outreach programs to educate the public about the elements of the Corps Regulatory Program.
- streamlines regulatory actions in areas determined to be national priorities, including national security, energy, transportation and stream and wetland restoration.
- handles permit applications for a large number of high profile projects in the areas of residential, commercial, and industrial development, energy production (primarily oil, gas and lignite), transportation (including very large projects associated with the TransTexas Project), and water supply development, including large proposed reservoir projects such as Lake Columbia.
- approves and oversees the operation of 15 mitigation banks located in north, east and central Texas, with approximately 25 bank proposals currently being evaluated.
- handles a large number of permit actions (completed 935 permit actions in FY 2009).