The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, is a major element of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) that supports Department of Defense and other government agencies worldwide. More than 1,000 employees from various program and project management, engineering and support disciplines work at the Huntsville Center headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama, and its offices in Omaha, Nebraska, and Alexandria, Virginia. Huntsville Center’s obligations totaled $3 billion in fiscal year 2018.
While its original mission was to support the U.S. Space Program, Huntsville Center has since expanded its mission to encompass programs in installation support, ordnance and explosives, engineering, chemical demilitarization, operational technology as associated with Automated Building Systems, environmental and ballistic missile defense.
Huntsville Center has programmatic and functional boundaries as opposed to the geographical boundaries of most other USACE units. Huntsville Center executes programs, projects and taskings that:
- are national or broad in scope
- require integrated facilities or systems that cross geographical division boundaries
- require commonality, standardization, multiple site adaptation or technology transfer
- require a centralized management structure for effective control of program development, coordination and execution
- require functions to be performed that are not normally accomplished by a HQUSACE organizational element or that require unique, specialized and expert technical competencies
Although the programs change as national and military priorities evolve, the Center’s mission and functions are centered on four key processes. Through these processes, Huntsville Center consistently delivers quality products on time — and that’s what keeps customers coming back. These processes include:
- Program and Project Management
- Engineering and Technical Services
- Construction Management
- Innovative Contracting Initiatives
Huntsville Center has several recognized mandatory and technical centers of expertise, including:
- Installation Support Center of Expertise
- Environmental and Munitions Mandatory Center of Expertise
- Medical Facilities Mandatory Center of Expertise and Standardization
- Range and Training Land Program Mandatory Center of Expertise
- Electronic Security Systems Mandatory Center of Expertise
- Utility Monitoring and Control System Mandatory Center of Expertise
- Ballistic Missile Defense Mandatory Center of Expertise
- Facilities Explosives Safety Mandatory Center of Expertise
- Control System Cybersecurity Mandatory Center of Expertise
- Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Center of Expertise
- Facility Systems Safety Technical Center of Expertise
- DD Forms 1391/3086 Preparation and Validation for Military Construction projects
Huntsville Center is the USACE Life Cycle Project Manager for Chemical Demilitarization, as well as one of nine USACE Centers of Standardization established to be the Army’s life cycle manager for the following facility types:emergency facilities, child and family services, training ranges, and sports and fitness facilities.
Installation Support and Programs Management Directorate
Huntsville Center is the USACE Installation Support Center of Expertise (ISCX). Huntsville Center partners with USACE districts and other government organizations to provide timely, cost effective and consistent installation support. ISCX programs include Centers of Standardization; Range and Training Lands; Facilities Reduction; Utility Monitoring and Control Systems; Army Central Metering; Energy Savings Performance Contracting; Energy Engineering Analysis; Energy Information Management, Resource Efficiency Managers; Energy Resilience Conservation Investment Program project validation; Commercial Utilities Program; Access Control Points; Furnishings; Medical Outfitting and Transition; Medical Repair and Renewal; Medical Project Support Services; Facilities Repair and Renewal; Base Operations; Planning and Programming Support; Fuels Recurring Maintenance and Minor Repair Program; Operations and Maintenance Engineering Enhancement; 88th Regional Support Command Project Management; Electronic Security Systems and Information Technology Services.
Ordnance and Explosives Directorate
The Ordnance and Explosives Directorate safely eliminates or reduces risks from ordnance, explosives and recovered chemical warfare materiel. Programs include the Chemical Warfare Materiel Design Center (CWMDC) that investigates and remediates non-stockpile chemical weapons remnants; the Conventional Munitions Design Center that provides support for Formerly Used Defense Sites, Base Realignment and Closure sites and active ranges. The Global Operations Division provides ordnance and environmental support, range clearance and landmine clearance services in support of contingency and OCONUS operations. The Chemical Demilitarization Program is nearing completion and this team is being absorbed into the CWMDC. The Ballistic Missile Defense Center of Expertise is USACE’s link to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). They provide technical and contract capacity support to USACE for all MDA support activities.
Huntsville Center provides several programs through the Engineering Directorate. Its Medical Facilities Mandatory Center of Expertise partners with USACE districts and divisions to provide expertise for the design and construction of medical facilities for DOD, other federal agencies and foreign governments. Huntsville Center also develops medical design and construction policies, technical guidance, procedures, criteria, specifications and standards. The Center manages projects from initiation through 35 percent design. The directorate’s Environmental Program provides project design and environmental services focusing on investigations and remediation at DOD Superfund level Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and BRAC sites.
Environmental and Munitions Mandatory Center of Expertise
The Environmental and Munitions Mandatory Center of Expertise provides support to USACE headquarters and its offices worldwide on complex environmental and munitions cleanup and compliance issues through independent technical reviews, quality assurance reviews, munitions safety submission reviews, discipline-specific technical support, guidance development, participation on multi-agency panels and advisory committees, development and instruction of training, and the evaluation of and recommendations on innovative technologies.
Synchronized with Huntsville Center Project Delivery Team business lines, the Contracting Directorate’s team of about 150 contracting professionals annually execute more than 6,000 contract actions. In both fiscal years 2016 and 2017, Huntsville Center obligated more than $2 billion in contracts and task orders for DOD and other federal government agency programs and projects across the globe.