Fort Bliss Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility

  • Location:

    El Paso, Texas

  • Client:

    US Army Corps of Engineers

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  • Specialties:

    Government, Military

Features & Highlights

  • Sundt self-performed 49% of project
  • Self-perform work and BIM use were keys to success
  • LEED Silver®
Project Overview

This design-build project included 12 Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities (TEMFs), totaling approximately 320,000 square feet to service over 3,200 vehicles. These facilities provide maintenance and repair areas; administration and shop control; consolidated bench, tool room and toolbox storage; weapons and communications security (COMSEC) vaults; telecommunications equipment (SIPRNet and NIPRNet systems) room; and locker, break, training and conference spaces. The project also included 48 ancillary buildings which consist of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) hangars, fuel storage buildings, HAZMAT storage and disposal buildings, and equipment warehouse buildings.

Sundt self-performed approximately 49% of the work on the project, including all survey, grading, earthwork, site utilities, material for the various finish trades, all concrete work, slab on grade, concrete paving, curbs, sidewalks, and installation of specialty items. Self-performing site work included 4,000,000 square feet of 10-inch reinforced concrete paving—the equivalent of 31 miles of two-lane highway. We also built 4,000,000 square feet of 10-inch reinforced concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Sundt self-performed electrical work to include the installation of 12 primary and 90 secondary transformers; 9,600 linear feet of secondary conduit; 660 light poles and 36,000 linear feet of communication duct banks, and 2,400 linear feet of power duct banks.

Our field engineers used BIM technology to keep all stakeholders on the same page and maintain schedule. Together with the architect, we worked with the design consultants and subcontractors to provide a fully collaborated BIM model for USACE. All subcontractors worked in 3D software packages that interacted with their fabrication equipment, and Sundt’s project engineer provided clash detection services based on models delivered by each party. This clash management allowed trades to maximize prefabrication, helping to maintain the project end date. In addition, all subcontractor models and field changes were incorporated into the BIM files throughout the project to meet the as-built requirements.

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“Sundt performed in an outstanding manner on this contract and on two other Design-Build task orders that totaled over $300 million at the Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) Facilities. Sundt’s staff were a pleasure to work with, and their high degree of professionalism made this Design-Build project a great success that the Army users are very happy with.”

John E. Smock, Project Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers