Contracted renovation improves Soldier opportunities

By Ryan Mattox, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeOctober 3, 2019

Contracted renovation improves Soldier opportunities
Kyle Esannano-Olano inspects the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers headquarters facility Aug. 28 at Fort Hood, Texas. The renovated 4,200-square foot facility will serve as a retreat for off-duty Soldiers and is complete with a computer lab, W... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 3, 2019) -- Personnel from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Hood contracting office and the Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works met recently for the final inspection of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers headquarters prior to its Oct. 25 opening at Fort Hood, Texas.

The newly renovated 4,200-square foot headquarters facility will serve as a retreat for off-duty Soldiers and is complete with a computer lab with Wi-Fi, a theater room, and other amenities to enhance Soldiers morale, mental resiliency and mental fitness.

The facility highlighted a partnership between MICC-Fort Hood and DPW officials and their ongoing installation construction projects and service requirements at Fort Hood.

For its part, the MICC-Fort Hood contracting office issued a contract in the amount of $924,508 to renovate the facility, which included the reconfiguration of walls, replacement of ceilings and floors, an upgrade to lighting fixtures and controls. Also included were multiple architectural features and treatments to improve the overall aesthetics of the facility.

"This project highlights the results of our working relationship with our Fort Hood community partners and shows our intent to forge strategic alliances, synchronize and integrate our premier contracting operations, and optimize Soldier and family readiness," said Aundair Kinney, the director of the contracting office.

The partnership consisted of a teaming approach with the requirements and sourcing execution. The DPW worked in concert with contracting to ensure a successful solution for the young Soldiers using the BOSS facility.

"We enjoy a good working relationship with MICC Fort Hood, which provides an excellent way of contracting for construction projects like this one," said Brian Dosa, director of the Fort Hood DPW. The pre-award design, coordination and project oversight is done with our government employees, saving costly overhead costs. In this case MICC helped make this award to a small business HUB-Zone contractor that completed the project on-time and to standard."

"Both partners understood this was for the enhancement of Soldiers' well-being during their recreational time," Kinney said.

MICC-Fort Hood acquisition personnel provided contract administration to ensure delivery was within the contract terms and conditions.

The contractor was required to provide a superintendent, a project manager and quality control manager through completion of the project. Regular meetings were held amongst the contracting activity, DPW and the contractor to monitor and ensure the project stayed on track.

BOSS is a family and morale, welfare and recreation program for single Soldiers. This program is Soldier-driven, with a foundation in giving single service members an avenue to surface issues and recommend policy changes that will enhance the overall quality of life, participate in recreation and leisure activities of their choice, and contribute to and participate in their local communities. This program provides an opportunity to assist in the development of single Soldiers and leaders.

About the MICC:

Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.

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