Fort Carson updates BUILDER system to track facility conditions
U.S. Army Installation Management Command directed the implementation of SMS BUILDER across the Army to support each post in assessing current facility conditions and help project future facility, or individual building system, conditions. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Major updates to BUILDER, part of an Armywide Sustainment Management System (SMS) software application designed to track the condition of Army facilities, will be rolled out at Fort Carson the last week of November.

Fort Carson units, tenants and organizations will be visited and inspected by contractor teams to populate the SMS BUILDER database with data reflecting current facility conditions. This major update will include all significant facilities at Fort Carson and at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. The contractor will complete its inspections in late September of 2024.

Use of the updated SMS BUILDER system aligns with the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson commanding general’s focus on post facilities.

“The project will support Maj. Gen. David Doyle’s intent to demolish and replace aging barracks and other outdated facilities,” said Joe Wyka, Fort Carson director of Public Works. “This year-long investment will pay for itself as we compete more effectively across the Army’s portfolio for funding.”

Data collected during inspections will include building structural systems and all the service systems supporting the building such as plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical.

U.S. Army Installation Management Command directed the implementation of SMS BUILDER across the Army to support each post in assessing current facility conditions and help project future facility, or individual building system, conditions. Most importantly, this new data will posture Fort Carson to compete for Army Facility Investment Plan dollars.

SMS BUILDER uses the condition assessments and system installation dates from facility inspections for “baseline” information. The system can then calculate rates of system degradation and system operational life expectancy. These calculations can identify the optimal point in time where it makes economic sense to repair or replace components to extend the useful life of a facility.

The Directorate of Public Works (DPW) and garrison leaders will be able to use SMS BUILDER reports to plan short- and long-term facility sustainment, restoration and maintenance projects as well as identify facility, or building system, replacement requirements.

The goal is for projects generated by SMS BUILDER data to support mission readiness as well as the well-being of occupants by proactively allocating staff and financial resources to areas with the greatest positive impact to Fort Carson facilities. These efforts will also allow for preventative maintenance to facilities so repairs or replacements are completed prior to system breakdowns or when they will have a minimum disruption to Fort Carson operations.

For more information about SMS BUILDER, email the DPW at calvin.a.grams4.civ@army.mil.