Full Steam Ahead: C4ISR 'Phase I' Construction Reported Ahead of Schedule
May 18, 2009
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Just a little more than a year ago, Aberdeen Proving Ground marked the beginning of change on the installation at a groundbreaking ceremony for a nearly $800 million construction project as a major part of implementation of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law.
Now, the multi-million dollar project is well underway and almost 50 percent complete, according to Michael Vetter, CECOM Life Cycle Management Command, director (G4), Logistics and Engineering. The project will house elements of Army Team Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or C4ISR, slated to relocate to APG. The project represents the 'Phase One' portion of the entire Army Team C4ISR construction program. Eight of the nine 'Phase One' buildings have begun construction, according to Vetter.
"At this point, most of the work left on the 'Phase One' campus is interior work," said Vetter. This includes the installation of utilities, installation of information technology capabilities, walls, carpet, furniture and other essentials.
Construction is ahead of schedule with 'Phase One' buildings scheduled to be available for occupancy August through November of 2010, a full ten months before the BRAC law implementation deadline of Sept. 15, 2011. The dates of completion are dependent on the contractor's progress and the time allotted to install furniture, phones and an access control system, and to obtain appropriate certifications for Secure Compartmentalized Information Facilities. All of the significant buildings in the campus, 'Phase One' and Two, should be ready by February 15, 2011, according to Vetter.
"Employees can look forward to working at state-of-the-art facilities," said Vetter. The buildings will accommodate many quality of life and advanced technical capabilities that have been considered in the engineering process, said Vetter. The buildings will be outfitted with fiber connections for optimal computer network connection speed.
'Phase One' buildings will be equipped with two large break rooms on every floor, providing space for a microwave, refrigerator, sink, and a space for employees in each break room to eat lunch, said Vetter. There will also be a concession area in four locations throughout both phases of the Army Team C4ISR campus for employees to grab a bite to eat.
"These new facilities should foster more of a community atmosphere," said Vetter. He said elements of Army Team C4ISR will be located in closer proximity than they currently exist at Fort Monmouth. Being optimally located should increase synergy among the team, said Vetter.