By DAVID RUDERMAN, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Public Affairs OfficeMay 25, 2009
The Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division operates from two Integrated Program Offices at Aberdeen Proving Ground, working in partnership with APG Directorate of Public Works on major Base Realignment and Closure and APG 2012 design and construction projects.
A joint effort of the Baltimore and Philadelphia Districts of the Corps, acting corporately to leverage talent and value, the joint APG IPO is managing the two-phased construction of a headquarters and operations center for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Command, which is relocating to APG from Fort Monmouth, N.J., under the Congressionally mandated BRAC Act of 2005.
Ground was broken March 17, 2008, for the Phase I construction of approximately 1.5 million square feet of administrative, SCIF and laboratory space. The $532 million activity is presently more than 40 percent complete.
Phase II construction of a 650,000 square foot high-tech, electronics-communications research and design facility is scheduled to commence early this summer. A series of construction contracts to execute the $325 million program is in process.
In addition, the Corps' Baltimore District operates an IPO in the Edgewood Area that is engaged in many other major BRAC and Military Construction projects that will change the landscape of APG for decades to come.
Major improvements to the garrison's gates and road infrastructure are under way at the Route 715 and Route 22 gates in the Aberdeen Area. The 715 Gate opened May 18. Similar upgrades are ongoing at the Route 24 Gate in the Edgewood Area.
A $49 million contract to construct a headquarters for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command in the Aberdeen Area was awarded in March. Construction will begin this summer.
A $27 million contract was awarded in February to construct a joint administrative facility for the Non-Medical Chemical-Biological Facility (JPEO) in the Edgewood Area.
A $12 million contract for Phase I construction of a ground vehicle testing facility for the Automotive Technology Evaluation Facility in the Aberdeen Area was awarded in September 2008. A Phase II component to build a Future Combat System test track is expected to follow.
A major recapitalization of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense in the Edgewood Area began in April with the award of a site work preparation contract. An award for the construction of the new facility is planned for this summer.
A contract award is also planned this summer for construction of a research and design center for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Vehicle Technology Directorate in the Aberdeen Area.
As major projects and infrastructure upgrades proceed, APG residents will witness the evolution of both Aberdeen and Edgewood areas into a tapestry of high-tech, 21st-century work and testing spaces.
The Corps of Engineers professionals will work side by side with their APG garrison colleagues to deliver the infrastructure that will enable the installation's critical operations for the Army and the armed forces to fulfill their missions of national security and defense.