Huntsville awards largest-ever initial outfitting, transition contract

Published Jan. 27, 2016

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, awarded the largest single contract in support of the Initial Outfitting and Transition Program since the program started awarding contracts in 2010.

VW International Inc., of Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $130,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for transition facilities support services for the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. The estimated completion date is Sept. 22, 2018.  Funding and work location will be determined with each task order. The first task order for nearly $27,000,000 against this contract also was awarded.

The contract supports the Health Facilities Planning Agency (HFPA)/G9 and will provide total turn-key project support as the installation transitions from the existing 40-year-old facility to the new 1,132,460 square foot, seven-story William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

According to Julia Chlarson, branch chief for Integrated Medical Furniture and IO&T, the performance-based services contract will provide comprehensive transition services to make the move from the existing facility a seamless operation and most comfortable to patients and staff. In addition, the contract will provide services to accomplish the required task of outfitting the newly constructed building in order to make it a functional medical facility.

“The very nature of a medical treatment facility requires that numerous departments encompassing various areas of medical expertise are all functioning as a single cohesive unit providing comprehensive medical care,” Chlarson said. “The IO&T contractor is responsible for ensuring that all areas of the new facility are simultaneously ready to be stood up in a brand new operational environment and perform as a cohesive unit. This requirement goes beyond the physical relocation of personnel and equipment and focuses extensively on preparing personnel to transition functionally into a modern medical treatment facility and away from paradigms grounded in a facility with design/construction dating to the 1960s. Transition, as the overarching concept to the contract, is supported through the execution of integrally related service components.”

Huntsville Center’s IO&T Program offers total turn-key project support for the equipping and transitioning of staff and patients associated with new and renovated military healthcare and medical research laboratory facility construction projects to support the medical mission throughout the world. The IO&T Program provides transition support with services that can provide everything needed to meet the mission on first patient day — the equipment and, just as important, the complete clinical operation planning to ensure smooth processes to support the patient delivery model in a world-class facility for the war fighters and their families.

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