The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Furnishings Program procures administrative, barracks, lodging and educational furnishings for various federal agencies worldwide. The program is a full service organization capable of providing project management, interior design, procurement, installation and quality assurance for all federal agencies’ furniture requirements.
Huntsville Center is also designated as the central manager of furnishings procurement for the Installation Management Command to oversee a cradle-to-grave concept and ensure that standardized furnishings are provided for all requirements. The Furnishings Program’s primary mission is to buy furnishings in accordance with customer requirements and to manage the delivery of those items to the new or renovated facility by the beneficial occupancy date.
As of January 2021, the Furnishings Program manages on average 230 active projects, and of those projects 96 percent were completed on time within budget. Feedback received from centrally funded customers continues to be positive and include: consistency of furnishings purchased, higher quality of product which equals a long life cycle duration and cost avoidance. With the reduction in government spend plans, longer life cycle duration and cost avoidance are key factors to ensure facilities can continue to be occupied. Over the last three years the program has saved an average of 13 percent, or approximately $18 million. Cost savings are measured by the estimated value of the project versus the actual amount required to execute the project.
The Furnishings Program recently supported a new effort for the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence’s ongoing dining facility modernization effort. This requirement provided furnishings that complimented the themes of three facilities at Ft. Carson. Furnishings provided were dining tables and chairs, banquets, window shades and art work.
The Furnishings Program provides a full-service project-delivery process that includes technical support and acquisition support while adhering to scope, schedule and budget. Typical furnishings project timeframes can range anywhere from 35-60-plus weeks depending on the scope of the project. Due to supply chain factors and customization for each facility, our program and suppliers use just-in-time manufacturing. This allows increased efficiencies and decreased waste by receiving furniture as it is needed.
Our program supports multiple Department of Defense agencies including: U.S. Army Installation Management Command; U.S. Navy Installation Command; Marine Corps; Marine Corps Reserve, U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. Notable projects this fiscal year include:
- Fort Gordon, Georgia - U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence
- Fort Shafter, Hawaii - U.S. Army Pacific, Command and Control Facility
- U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York - Academic Building Upgrade Program
- Ramstein Air Base, Germany - Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Ramstein High School
The Furnishings Program continues to be a success due to its strategic acquisition planning approach, ability to reduce procurement costs, and commitment to providing outstanding quality products to our customers.
Download the Furnishings Program fact sheet (PDF) HERE. (updated February 2021)