Fort Bliss Warrior in Transition Barracks

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    El Paso, Texas

  • Client:

    US Army Corp of Engineers

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Features & Highlights

  • Housing for 232 personnel with short- and long-term disabilities
  • LEED Gold® building features solar water heating system and energy-efficient HVAC
  • Collaborated with stakeholders to keep schedule despite utility sequencing challenges
  • Worked with State Historical Preservation Office to ensure project blended in seamlessly
Project Overview

The Warrior in Transition Barracks is a 139,780-square-foot, three-story building that houses 232 personnel. The facility is designed to care for and rehabilitate injured soldiers returning from duty in a therapeutic environment, accommodating a wide range of temporary and permanent disabilities. Each living ‘’module’’ consists of two separate bedrooms and a kitchenette area. Living units are supported by common areas to aid recovering soldiers in the activities of daily life, similar to how senior care facilities accommodate such needs.

At the central core, the design includes a prominent main entrance, lobby, elevator and multi-purpose room. The barracks consist of two unit types: one with private bathrooms and one with shared bathrooms. A variety of plumbing fixtures, toilet accessories, mirrors, and special signage were also included. Because of the timing of some of the contractual requirements between the utility providers and the government, Sundt had to re-sequence some of our work to minimize any possible delays. The timing of the process was made even more difficult because utility lines had to be relocated prior to Sundt being able to start site grading work.

However, Sundt took the lead in bringing all stakeholders together in the decision-making process to keep things moving and avoid any schedule impacts. Also, the project is located in a historical district. We actively engaged and coordinated with the State Historical Preservation Office throughout the design phase to ensure that the building met their requirements and blended seamlessly into the surrounding historic district.

“The new complex will allow us to be more of a one-stop shop for all of our soldiers. It will be just a much better environment for us all the way around.”

Lt. Col. Bill Gazis, Commander of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bliss


Awards & Accolades

Operation Reward Safety: 2 Million Hours No Lost Time Accidents on Multiple Contracts, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

No. 1, 100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America report