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 August 2019, the Furnishings Program manages on average 350 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 17 percent, or approximately $22 million. Cost savings are measured by the estimated value of the project versus the actual amount required to execute the project.
Due to the success of the Army Family Housing pilot in fiscal 2018, Installation Management Command has issued a directive to centralize all Army Family Housing requirements through Huntsville Center. The internal project-development team, or PDT, provided a product line offering that exceeded expectations and provided a superb quality of life for Army families worldwide.
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 88th Reserve Support Command and the U.S. Air Force. Notable projects this fiscal year include:
- Fort Belvoir, Virginia - U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Nolan Building
- Fort Shafter, Hawaii - U.S. Army Pacific, Command and Control Facility
- U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York - Cadet Barracks Upgrade Program
- Camp Humphreys, South Korea - Korea Command Operations Center
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.