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Institutional | MANEUVER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE HEADQUARTERS Two in One Goal A s part of the Army’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) plan, Soldiers of the Armor School, currently headquartered at Fort Knox, Ky., will soon join forces with the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga., where they will work and train together under one co-located headquarters. This combination of armor and infantry units will be renamed the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCOE). Leading construction of the MCOE’s new headquarters building is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District. The Corps awarded this large-scale, $135 million contract to McCarty Corp., based in Austin, Texas. As the largest renovation project in the Corps’ Savannah District, the contract includes the exterior remodel and interior renovation of a 520,000-square-foot Vietnam-era structure at Fort Benning. It will include a six-story tower, which will house the commanders and staff, and connected east and west wings for office and classroom space. The transformation of MCOE is simple and straightforward. Army Corps of Engineers Resident Engineer Alan Bugg recently spoke with Construction Today about MCOE’s construction processes and challenges. Construction Today: How would you describe the purpose and impact of this project on the Army? Alan Bugg: We are doing a total renovation of the Infantry School’s old headquarters building and making it into a state-of-the-art facility for the MCOE. The old building was built in the 1960s and was reminiscent of a prison on the outside, with light-colored brick and a few, tiny windows. The interior layout was a maze of corridors and small offices. The new design THE MANEUVER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE WILL COMBINE ARMOR AND INFANTRY SCHOOLS. BY FERNIE TIFLIS will bring architectural integrity to the structure, incorporating red brick, a curved front and many large windows, which are typical architectural elements of Fort Benning’s historic Main Post. On the inside, the new design creates a modular layout with plenty of open air and lighting, which better suits a modern office setting for today’s Army. CT: How did you prepare for this project? AB: This job is a little bit different in that this is a classic low-bid contract. The Corps of Engineers and the Army have been going over plans for the last few years to determine the best value procurement. After going through several proposals, we selected AECOM as the designer and McCarty as the contractor. We have a very dedicated and skilled staff that includes the Corps of Engineers, McCarty, and the design team at AECOM. We have 11 McCarty Corp. – Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters • Budget: Approx. $135 million • Location: Fort Benning, Ga. • Scope: 520,000-square-foot headquarters »MCOE is the largest renovation project in the Corps’ Savannah District. 204 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010 “McCarty has done an excellent job because this is the kind of work they specialize in.” PHOTO COURTESY: ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS –Alan Bugg, resident engineer
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2010
Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010