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Military Construction (MILCON) Transformation

What is it?
The MILCON Transformation is the project delivery process the Army is using to provide quality, adaptable, and sustainable facilities in less time and at lower cost. Key to this effort is the standardization of processes and facilities as well as the adoption of private sector best practices. The Army is moving away from overly prescriptive requirements to performance-based criteria as well as moving from design-build acquisition to site-adapt facilities. Site adaptation is scheduled to begin for Army standard facilities in FY09. Under MILCON Transformation:

  • Facility service life will continue for the next 50 years and the facilities will meet life-safety and Army sustainability goals to include the mandated energy savings requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and compliance with the International Building Code.
  • The potential pool of contractors capable of providing the needed facilities increases with the inclusion of Type I (noncombustible) thru Type V (composite) construction and the expanded use of manufactured building (permanent) solutions.
  • Implementation of a reliable and steady funding system with limited funding increments will allow contractors to build more efficiently.
  • Effective master planning will improve the real property management process.
  • Greater emphasis is placed on cost engineering to ensure the Army has in-depth knowledge of market conditions in order to provide sustainable facilities at the best value possible.
  • Designs for Army standard facility types will be developed and managed through Centers of Standardization (COS) to ensure standardization of facility requirements. Execution of these designs will be through COS established regional product-line acquisition tools.

What has the Army done?
The MILCON Transformation principles were applied on a limited basis starting in FY06. In FY07, these principles were applied to much of the $7 Billion of construction for the Army. One result of these efforts is the successful progress in construction of Brigade Combat Team facilities. Using these principles, the Army is on track to complete these key facilities within 18-24 months. The Grow the Army (GTA) projects in the FY08 program totaled $1.7 Billion. These facilities, being standard in nature, are all being built using the transformation model request for proposal and design-build project delivery. About half of the projects authorized in the presidential budget of $1.5 Billion were standard and executed using the same principles and delivery methods as the GTA authorized projects.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will establish remaining COS acquisition tools required to support transforming MILCON execution processes and ensure the timely execution of contracts to build standard facilities. These tools will be regional in scope for individual facility product lines. Additionally, the Army will increase the delivery of facilities through implementation of adapt-build (A-B) processes to allow MILCON Transformation to move into the product line repetitive facility construction phase. These A-B models will represent the "consolidated hybrid" that combines the Army's functional needs with the best and most efficient industry innovation received during the design build process in FY06-08. Finally, to improve the understanding and acceptance of the new process, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will partner with the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and Installation Management Command to sponsor training sessions at Army installations throughout FY09.

Why is this important to the Army?
The MILCON Transformation will ensure Soldiers and their Families have the facilities and infrastructure commensurate with their service.

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