New headquarters facility coming for NC's Fort Bragg

Contract for $288.5 million base headquarters allowed to proceed


Oct. 4--The Army Corps of Engineers has given a "notice to proceed" to the company that won the contract to build a $288.5million headquarters at Fort Bragg, officials said Friday.

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Chantilly, Va., received the contract to design and build the combined headquarters for Forces Command and Army Reserve Command on Sept. 20.

Once an award is made, other finalists have 10 days to protest, said Christopher Reinhardt, a contract specialist with the Savannah District Office of the Army Corps of Engineers.

"Everything is officially under way," Reinhardt said.

The Army in April selected four finalists. The other three companies took advantage of an offer to learn how their proposals were evaluated, he said.

"Once the contractor gets notice to proceed, they are in full swing to begin their final design," Reinhardt said. "Then they are also working with the field office at Fort Bragg."

The contractor will work with other Fort Bragg garrison agencies, ranging from the historic office to the Directorate of Public Works, he said.

Dan Davis is the Army Corps of Engineers' resident engineer for the project, Reinhardt said. The resident engineer will make sure that the contractor is meeting timetables and that things are progressing as they should, he said.

The site for the main building is at Knox and Randolph streets, across from the polo field.

The contractor will design and build about 700,000 square feet of command headquarters and associated communications buildings.

The 2005 Base Closure and Realignment law mandates that Forces Command and Army Reserve Command move from Fort McPherson in south Atlanta to Fort Bragg by Sept. 15, 2011. The Army Corps of Engineers expects construction to be completed by June 21, 2011.

Forces Command oversees eight of the Army's 10 divisions and the training of the Army Reserve and National Guard. Army Reserve Command provides trained units and qualified soldiers for active duty.

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