Military Support Division - Furnishings Program

Program Manager: 256-895-1512

U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville
Published July 19, 2019
Updated: Feb. 11, 2022

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 2021, the Furnishings Program manages on average 230 active projects, and of those projects 96 percent were completed on time and 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 15 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 is currently supporting the USACE Centers of Standardization to incorporate the facilities furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E) requirements into the Army Standard Design packages. This overall effort will identify the FF&E while ensuring the solution is appropriate for the facility type and consistent across all Army installations. The final deliverable for each standard design’s FF&E requirement will include furniture layouts with coded plans, furniture key and product data sheets. The Army will benefit long-term from this effort through more accurate cost estimates for the DD1391 planning documents. Initial efforts include designs for Child Development Centers and Fire Stations.

The Furnishings Program provides a full-service project-delivery process that includes technical support and acquisition support while adhering to scope, schedule and budget. Our new automated Online Ordering System simplifies the requirement approval process and automates the requirement technical documentation. The new system is currently being utilized by the Navy Unaccompanied Housing (UH) replacement program and is projected to be available to the Army by the end of fiscal year 2021. Project timelines are driven by bonafide need and overall project scope. This allows HNC to customize schedules to meet user mission and align with industry partners’ just-in-time manufacturing standards, which increases efficiency throughout the acquisition process and post-award efforts. 

Our program supports multiple Department of Defense agencies including U.S. Army Material Command and Installation Management Command, U.S. Navy Installation Command, Future Command, Space Command, 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 Benning, Georgia - Smart Barracks Initiative
  • Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania - U.S. Army War College
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York - Academic Building Upgrade Program

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)