The Fort Worth District’s Military Branch is a dedicated and multi-disciplined supporting 16 Army and Air Force installations and other Military customers throughout New Mexico, Louisiana, and Texas. The District currently, manages a robust design and construction MILCON and reimbursable program totaling of $6.2 billion. Through a dedicated workforce, the Fort Worth District successfully executed $4.4 billion in Base Realignment and Closure Program Projects. Projects were delivered on time and within budget by September 15, 2011. MILCON Transformation enabled the team to reduce construction duration by 30 percent, cost by 15 percent, attain Army sustainability goals, and exceed Small Business goals. The team continues to grow strong in its service to its customers. The District strives to improve processes and execution methods to maximize the quality of the facilities for Soldiers, Airmen, and their families.
With BRAC 2005 in its portfolio, the District continues to serve the nation’s military with new and challenging projects. With the $800 million San Antonio Military Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston completed under BRAC 05, the team is now tasked with delivering three new major medical centers valued at $2.35 billion. The Ambulatory Care Clinic is a Department of Defense Medical funded project replacing the Wilford Hall Medical Center at JBSA - Lackland Air Force Base, the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Cavazos is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project and the third project is a Medical Center Replacement at Fort Bliss also funded by Department of Defense Medical. All hospital/medical projects feature the latest concepts in Evidence Based Design and World Class Medical Facilities incorporating best practices of premier private health facilities in the country as well as collaborative input by military healthcare professionals into a design that supports the unique needs of military personnel and their families. All projects are being designed to meet silver or gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification levels. Included within this medical program are various health and dental clinics at JBSA, Fort Bliss, and White Sands Missile Range.
Center of Energy Expertise
The Secretary of the Army established the Energy Initiatives Office Task Force which was fully operational on September 15, 2011. As a result the Fort Worth District developed the Center of Energy Expertise to build Army resilience through renewable energy. The Fort Worth District’s Center of Energy expertise will provide energy sustainability and conservation measures, program management actions, technical support, financing and contract vehicles for the Fort Worth, Galveston, Little Rock, and Tulsa Districts to meet Federal mandated energy requirements. The energy capabilities incorporate programs, budget, and technical responsibilities for implementing USACE Energy Program to include NetZero buildings for energy, water and waste, determine renewable energy criteria and performance contracts, develop cooperative agreements for private investment opportunities, perform energy audits, develop a set of Regional Energy Models for Adapt-Build projects for climate zones to meet ASHRAE 189.1 energy efficiency compliance standards, deliver energy checklists for design charrettes and overall integration of energy programmatic, technical, and execution actions.
Specific SWF project energy initiatives include: Fort Bliss, Texas designated as integrated Net Zero Installation to achieve Net Zero energy status by 2015 and Net Zero Water and Waste status by 2018 utilizing renewable and sustainable technologies. Additionally, Fort Johnson and Fort Cavazos designated as NetZero Installations for waste. A few of the potential FY12 Energy Actions include establishment of the Regional Technical Center, development of construction criteria with renewable energy generation, update Adapt Build Energy Compliance, conduct energy audit evaluations, and pursue the enhanced commissioning efforts for our military facilities.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
The Fort Worth District has been a leader in the implementation of LEED and Sustainable Design elements into its program, aggressively pursuing and exceeding ever more challenging requirements. Our District has already received over a dozen LEED Silver Certifications, and three LEED Gold Certifications. SWF expects to have approximately 20 additional Silver Certifications and several more Gold Certifications by the conclusion of FY12, at which point all projects will be formally certified. In addition to achieving numerous Silver and Gold Certifications, SWF has also focused intently on the benefits provided through improvements in energy and water efficiency. Projects routinely exceed minimum LEED and ASHRAE building energy efficiencies by 40 percent and in some cases 50 percent and beyond – placing the majority of our new construction projects in the most efficient 10% of buildings constructed in the United States. Although most of our improved design elements are not obvious, visible, or architecturally apparent (e.g. waste heat recovery, improved building envelope integrity, increased insulation, proper building orientation, day-lighting, and high-efficiency motors, boilers, and equipment), they do the job to minimize energy use and costs. This is done in compliance with the Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Building Principles, the overarching goal of which is to uncompromisingly support Mission requirements while simultaneously lessening environmental impacts and reducing lifecycle building construction and operational costs. In short, more fight, less fuel!
Currently there are 13 ranges under construction at Fort Bliss totaling $191 million. This includes two Digital Multipurpose Ranges and the Army’s first Digital Air Ground Integration Range. The DAGIR will include door gunnery capability, high angle target, live fire convoy, and aviation urban operations. The DAGIR is scheduled to be in operation by June 2013. Other ranges under construction include: two Heavy Sniper Ranges, two Multipurpose Machine Gun Ranges, one Infantry Platoon Battle Course, two Scout Reconnaissance Crew Engagement Gunnery Complex Ranges and other small weapon ranges.