C4ISR 'Phase Two' program expected to begin this month
May 25, 2009
Change is evident at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The installation is buzzing with sounds of cranes and forklifts preparing to accommodate relocating employees as a result of implementation of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law.
The Army recently awarded a $102,015,000 contract to James G. Davis Construction Corp., to build the Command and Control and Communications Network Transport-East facility at APG. This is the first of five construction contracts to be awarded to build the Army Team Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance "Phase Two" campus program facilities.
The C4ISR construction projects were divided into two phases to encourage a competitive bidding process among contractors, said Michael Vetter, CECOM Life Cycle Management Command, director (G4), Logistics & Engineering.
The "Phase Two" program has been divided into five construction contracts, each one accounting for each building to be constructed or renovated.
This allows small businesses the best opportunity to participate in the bidding process, Vetter said.
"C2CNT-East is the first of four new buildings to be constructed as part of the 'Phase Two' program," Vetter said. A fifth building will be renovated and improved under one of the construction contracts.
Ground was broken on the "Phase One" Army Team C4ISR campus project March 17, 2008, and is nearly 50 percent complete, according to Vetter.
The "Phase Two" program will consist of the following buildings: C2CNT-East, Consolidated North, Building 5100 Power and Cooling, a Joint Satellite Engineering Center Compound, and a Command and Control Integration Facility.
C2CNT-East is scheduled to begin construction by the middle of May, according to Vetter. These construction projects were created in response to BRAC law mandated by Congress, which dictates that more than 7,000 Army Team C4ISR military and civilian personnel and support contractors will relocate to or be hired at APG. BRAC law requires all organizations slated to relocate to be completely moved by Sept. 15, 2011.
"The [construction] timelines have worked in our favor thus far," Vetter said. He reports the "Phase One" project is ahead of schedule, and he looks forward to the beginning of "Phase Two."
The entire C4ISR campus will total 2.5 million square feet of office and lab space upon its completion. "Phase Two" will provide workspace for approximately 2,400 personnel and will account for a little more than 1 million square feet of the C4ISR campus in building construction and renovations, according to Vetter. The C2CNT-East building will be the largest single building on the C4ISR campus.
C2CNT-East is designed to accommodate 1,900 personnel in 500,000 square feet of office and research space. The facility will house the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Satellite and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, the CECOM LCMC Logistics and Readiness Center's Communications Directorate, elements of the Software Engineering Center and some project and product management offices of the Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, or PEO C3T.
"The idea is to create synergy among the organizations by centrally locating them with other organizations with similar functions," Vetter said. "The leadership saw the move to APG as not only an opportunity to configure new buildings for maximum efficiency, but to maximize organizational synergy as well." The intent is to position functional areas, or 'domains,' together to better track products through their entire life cycles, from concept to combat, he said.
"For example, we positioned all personnel who work with sensors together so the 'sustainers' can have dialogue with the 'R&D experts'," Vetter continued. "This will provide better communication avenues between the organizations and ultimately deliver a better product to the Warfighter faster."
Vetter said he has enjoyed a good working relationship with the Philadelphia District Corps of Engineers. The Philadelphia District is responsible for overseeing all Army Team C4ISR "Phase One" and "Phase Two" campus construction and engineering activities.
"It's been challenging at times, but incorporating lessons learned from 'Phase One' will surely make 'Phase Two' go a bit smoother," Vetter said. Those lessons learned are expected to improve planning for building, space allocation and access control systems.
Unlike the "Phase One" project, the "Phase Two" projects will be completely designed before construction begins. This process is referred to as "Design-Bid-Build," according to Vetter.
"'Phase One' was a 'Design-Build' project, where the contractor designed plans parallel to building efforts," explained Vetter. "This allowed us to move a bit faster to get the project started. However, with 'Phase Two' we decided to have the designs complete, then bid and begin construction." The 'Design-Bid-Build' process in the "Phase Two" program will allow us to provide a more specific scope of work and get a better handle on costs," Vetter said.
Designs for the Consolidated North building, a JSEC Compound and Building 5100 Power and Cooling are scheduled for completion May 2009 with a projected construction contract award date of August 2009.
The Consolidated North building will accommodate personnel working in the CERDEC Command and Control Directorate Fabrication Division, the CECOM LCMC Safety Directorate and the PEO C3T Special Projects Office.
Joint Satellite Engineering Center Compound
The JSEC Compound will house elements of the CERDEC and PEO Enterprise Information Systems, while the C2 Integration Facility will accommodate elements from PEO C3T.
Building 5100 Power and Cooling
Building 5100 Power and Cooling will house personnel from the CERDEC Battery, Power and Cooling Directorate and elements of the Logistics and Readiness Center to include the Command and Control Systems/Avionics Directorate's Power and Environmental Divisions. This building is the only renovation project in the "Phase Two" program, according to Vetter.
"Originally, we were planning to renovate more buildings, but due to construction timeline constraints for the move of the Ordnance Center and School to Fort Lee, it wasn't possible," Vetter said.
Command and Control Integration Facility
"With the exception of the C2 Integration Facility, we expect 'Phase Two' buildings to be "move-in-ready" by approximately February 15, 2011," Vetter said. The C2 Integration Facility is scheduled to be available for move-in by about July 2011. Vetter said the move-in dates are dependent upon construction progress; furniture delivery and set up; equipment, access control systems, and information technology installations; as well as Secure Compartmentalized Information Facility certifications.
"The objective is to meet all organizational requirements for facilities while incorporating a good quality of life aspect in the workplace," he said.
There will be four locations made available to the APG Garrison to contract food concessions for C4ISR employees to grab a cup of coffee or have lunch, in addition to large break rooms equipped with sinks, microwaves and refrigerators.
"Relocating employees can look forward to a brand new facility, outfitted with state-of-the-art IT [information technology], new furniture and break areas and will enjoy a close knit community at the C4ISR campus," Vetter said.