Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Barracks at Fort Hood to Provide Soldiers with Upgraded Accommodations

Fort Hood calls itself the largest active duty armored post in the United States with nearly 45,000 service members. The Texas installation is proud to provide high quality housing for soldiers and their families and has committed to a five-year (2008-2013) Whole Barracks Renewal Project that will provide new, modern, and comfortable accommodations.

PBS&J Constructors, doing business as Peter R. Brown Construction, recently won a $32.3-million design-build contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, for a 3-story, 240-unit modular building, which will be occupied by 480 enlisted soldiers when completed in April 2011. Each unit will contain a shared common space with a full-service kitchen, dining room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. Each floor of the building will have a shared laundry area. In addition, the building will have a common office and lobby area with an entertainment room.

The new barracks will comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. A silver rating under LEED’s Green Building Rating System is planned. Of note are efficiency practices including: reduction of stormwater runoff from the site that would increase storm load on nearby streams and rivers; utilization of recycled metal, glass, and plastic during construction; and reduction of energy consumption by at least 30 percent below the Standard 90.1-2007 set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers.

Peter Brown Construction will serve as the general contractor for the project. The design is a collaboration among the various disciplines within The PBSJ Corporation, including architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and interior design.

PBS&J Constructors Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The PBSJ Corporation, was established in 1997 to deliver at-risk construction management services to public and private clients with horizontal and vertical construction needs. The company brings together the engineering, design, construction, and technology resources of The PBSJ Corporation to deliver customized services. Peter R. Brown Construction, Inc. provides comprehensive construction management and design-build services to public and private clients primarily throughout the southeastern United States. With more than 150 employees located in 11 offices throughout Florida and Georgia, Peter Brown Construction is ranked as one of the top 400 contractors in the nation by Engineering News-Record.

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