Military Construction Transformation

Friday April 13, 2007

What is it? Military Construction (MILCON) Transformation was developed to provide quality facilities for the Soldier less expensively and in less time over our legacy processes. Key to this program is standardization of processes and facilities as well as the adoption of private sector best practices.

MILCON Transformation is a major change in the way the Army plans, programs, designs and builds military facilities. The Army, initially is moving away from overly prescriptive requirements to performance based criteria, as it moves from a design-build acquisition in its' initial state to one which is site adaptive in its' final form. Under MILCON Transformation:

- Facility service life will continue to be 50 years and the facilities will meet life-safety and sustainability requirements as the traditional construction.

- The potential pool of contractors capable of providing the needed facilities increases with the inclusion of Type1 (noncombustible)thru Type V (composite) construction and the expanded utilization of manufactured building (permanent) solutions.

- Implementation of a reliable steady funding system with limited funding increments that will allow contractors to keep building, make improvements and reduce costs and time.

- Effective master planning will improve the real property management process.

- Greater emphasis on Cost Engineering will ensure United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has in-depth knowledge of market conditions and pricing in order to provide sustainable facilities at the best value possible.

- Reshaping the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the workforce is inevitable in the implementation of MILCON Transformation.

What has the Army done? In the development of MILCON Transformation, the Army engaged the construction industry in a dialogue on the plan through a series of Industry Forums and other meetings. The Secretariat and the Vice Chief of Staff directed that MILCON Transformation be implemented with the realization that it provides the most viable means of getting the Soldier the facilities that he/she requires in this environment of limited resources. In Fiscal Year 2006 USACE implemented MILCON Transformation on a limited basis with promising results although preliminary. In FY 2007, MILCON Transformation principals are required to be applied on all Army construction. Implementation includes the restructuring of the centers of standardization as design center, standardization in construction solicitation packages and use on Building Information Models (BIM).

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.

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