HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – District Commander Lt. Col. Patrick Dagon joined Col. Leslie Knight, commander of the 49th Medical Group; Lt. Col. Kathleen Mackey, commander of the 49th Medical Support Squadron; and others from the Air Force, contractor Gilbane Federal, and the local community to celebrate the start of construction on a new medical clinic at the base, July 1, 2015, with a groundbreaking ceremony.
“This $52 million-dollar project represents a partnership between Holloman Air Force Base, the 49th Medical Group, Gilbane Federal Joint Venture and the Corps of Engineers. When it’s completed in the winter of 2018, the replacement medical clinic will provide outpatient primary and selected specialty-care clinics,” Dagon said.
The Albuquerque District is the construction agent for this Military Construction Program-funded design-build project. The contract is one of the first Integrated Design Build, Initial Outfitting (IDBIO) contracts the District has awarded. An IDBIO contract is when a single contractor provides all design, construction, outfitting services and commodities, and transition support to operate a new facility.
Dagon praised Ray Macias, Acting Resident Engineer for the Corps at Holloman; Amanda Tapia-Pittman, project manager; Sean Moore, the project engineer and contracting officer’s representative; and 1st Lt. Zebulun Coulter, construction representative, for their hard work and effort. “Their hard work has helped us get to the point of groundbreaking today. All of them have done a great job!” Dagon said.
The project includes the design, construction and initial outfitting and transition of the replacement medical clinic. It also includes an ambulance building with canopy. The new 101,000 square foot facility replaces the current 42 year-old, 63-bed, inpatient-based medical treatment facility.
Upon completion, this state-of-the-art facility is expected to meet LEED Silver design standards. Low-flow and high-efficiency toilets, lavatories, sinks and showers will be installed in restrooms, locker rooms and break rooms to help obtain the maximum possible reduction in water use. Open space will be incorporated. There will be a pedestrian-oriented hardscape and turf area. These areas will have seating and tree-shaded areas for outdoor social activities. Additionally, there will be four interior courtyards designed provide a place of respite for patients and staff.