The military industry continues to be a strong force in San Antonio’s commercial real estate market. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded contracts to Fort Sam Houston for the construction of two, new barracks for Army personnel who will be taking courses at the Medical Education and Training Campus.
The two contracts that were awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers total about $118.7 million, and will provide barracks for about 1,800 Army medical trainees. This last set of contracts, which are designed for the ongoing development of the Medical Education and Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston, will consist of three dormitories. The Medical Education and Training Campus is part of the Base Realignment and Closure action, which was formed in 2005. The construction of the barracks will be handled by Hensel Phelps Construction, a Colorado-based company that also has offices in Austin.
The barracks construction will include a dormitory unit, which will measure 366,000 square feet, as well as another 192,000-square-foot facility that will also house additional Army personnel. In total, the facilities will hold 1,800 personnel. There are also additional dormitories, currently under construction, that will house more than 3,600 Air Force and Navy personnel, once completed. Hensel Phelps was also contracted to build these facilities, as well.
The newest construction plan is part of the Joint Program Management Office, which manages the San Antonio BRAC construction program. The program was set forth by the Fort Worth District Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The entire project, under the San Antonio BRAC construction program, will involve either building or renovating 78 facilities at Fort Sam Houston, totaling more than six million square feet of space. Once completed, the program is expected to exceed $2 billion.