MILCON: What to Expect and How It’s Changed

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by
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More than 10 years ago, there was a large push to realign posts and air force bases with the Base Relocation and Closure (BRAC) program. In keeping with this, we are seeing less new construction in the Military Construction Program (MILCON). In fact, we expect this trend to continue and the focus to remain on maintaining existing infrastructure over the next several years.

MILCON work often runs the gamut. It includes any project completed on a military base or post. Over the years, Affinis has completed MILCON work at a variety of military installations. Our team has done site design at Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Riley. We’ve also conducted surveys at Whiteman Air Force Base, Fort Riley, McConnell Air Force Base, and Fort Leavenworth. In the coming years, we are projecting there will be more design for repair projects, facility assessments, and in general projects that help keep the existing facilities functioning to perform their required mission. This means designs that stretch the government’s dollars, assessments to determine infrastructure facility condition, and asset inventories to quantify what is on the military bases. Working with the Department of Public Works (DPW) on each military installation will be important to determine what they need to perform their mission and which components are critical for each effort.

When completing projects like these, there are a number of key considerations. The first is coordination. Working closely with the DPW at a post or base is integral to the success of any task order. Because they typically function as both the owner and end user of a project, they have a large stake in not only the scope, but also how the final product will look.

In addition to communicating with public works, teams are also asked to partner closely with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which manages the contract for design and construction. While regular coordination is critical, there are a few other components for which you should account:

  • Find out if there are any additional security and anti-terrorism force protection measures required with the design.
  • Review the scope of work to determine if there are items that are not needed. Removing the ones that are not needed saves the government dollars and helps with project schedule.
  • Determine who owns the utilities, as some are owned by the installation and others by a third party. Coordinating in advance with utility owners prior to the topographic survey allows the best information on buried utilities. This coordination helps prevent surprises during construction.
  • Establish multiple short meetings, usually via conference call, to keep stakeholders up to date on the project’s status. This approach allows for decisions to be made quickly, keeping the project on schedule and assures the scope of work requirements are being met.

Interested in learning more about MILCON work? Contact us at jdavis@affinis.us to learn more.

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About Jason Davis

Having served in the military, Jason understands the intricacies of federal work. An owner at Affinis, his extensive knowledge makes him a great asset to us, as well as our clients.