People who visit Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, will begin to notice construction and renovations on the base this year and in 2021.
Maj. Kurt Gerfen, the JBM-HH Directorate of Public Works special projects officer/engineering division deputy, said barracks are currently being renovated.
Bldg. 246, the barracks for the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), is being renovated and is on schedule to be complete by May or June 2021. The renovations are being done by a private company through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He added that the renovation for Bldg. 416, the U.S. Marine Corps barracks, was awarded at the end of fiscal year 2020 and the meeting for the contract will be Friday.
“A $26 million design build renovation contract was awarded through USACE (for Bldg. 416),” said Gerfen. “A design kick-off meeting will be scheduled later in November. (The) design should take about six months with demolition and construction to begin in June-July 2021 timeframe. It is the plan of the installation to have the Marines who occupy Bldg. 416 relocate to relocatable barracks space. The renovation is scheduled to be complete in 2023.”
Gerfen said that the renovation for Bldg. 404, the JBM-HH Dining Facility, has been awarded at the end of FY20, and there will be a kick-off meeting for the contract Nov. 18 in the DFAC.
He pointed out that DPW has plans and requests for funding and executing repairs to Bldg. 255, the central chiller plan, in FY21, which supports all the barracks buildings and other office buildings with cold water for air conditioner systems.
“We are going to be seeking design funds for the military construction projects for Bldgs. 250 and 251 set for construction in FY 28 and 30,” explained Gerfen about future construction projects.
The current barracks renovation timelines is a follows:
· Modular Relocatable Barracks: It is the installation’s plan to establish Modular Relocatable Barracks spaces on Field 406 (Field between Spates Hall (Bldg. 407) and the bowling center (Bldg. 406). The RLBs will accommodate 120 living spaces for service members to include build-in laundry and dayroom areas. It is the installation’s intent to have the RLBs placed and ready to occupy before any construction on Bldg. 416 starts (June-July 2021)
· Bldg. 248 (3d Infantry Regiment): Is currently in the planning phase of the renovation project. DPW and USACE are preparing documents to get funding approval for the renovations of Bldg. 248.
On Oct. 27-29 USAC, DPW and the planning/design contractor AECOM held a planning charrette which discussed the needed repairs were, the constraints of the building (i.e. size, historic, costs) and the final vision for the barracks. It is the installation's intent to have Bldg. 248 be part of the barracks of the future and the standard-bearer for all follow on barracks repairs. The plan is to have the authorization documents submitted in early December with funds for design and contracting available in early January 2021. Then have the final design and construction awarded by August-September 2021. As part of the overall Installation Barracks Upgrade Program, the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will move out of Bldg. 248 in May-June 2021 into Bldg. 246, due to the failed and failing systems in Bldg. 248.
· Bldg. 404 (DFAC): A $21 million design build renovation project for Bldg. 404 was awarded. Design is planned for about six months with construction to begin around May-June 2021. The DFAC operations will temporarily transition to Bldg. 407 (Spates Hall) providing carry out and some reduced seating scheduled for late February-early March 2021. The Soldier for Life Program will relocate to a temporary building established next to Memorial Chapel for the duration of construction. The U.S. Army Band personnel and equipment and will relocate to Bldg. 400 and Bldg. 313. The DFAC is scheduled to be complete in 2023.
This article originally ran in the Pentagram on November 5, 2020.