HUNTSVILLE, Alabama –The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville’s Communications Infrastructure and Systems Support program, or CIS2, provided design and renovation support U.S. Army North’s Building 44.
Huntsville Center’s CIS2 Program utilizes a dedicated, multidiscipline Project Delivery Team to provide support for the survey, design, acquisition, installation, testing, and/or maintenance of facility communications distribution systems.
The CIS2 program worked in concert with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District. The district is renovating several floors of the Building 44 including the installation of Facility Communication Distribution Systems. The design-bid-build project provides ARNORTH with classroom, video tele-conference systems, enclosed offices and collaborative area interface requirements to adequately perform mission requirements. The Building 44 project was established in 2019.
Salome Taggert, CIS2 Program Manager, said a design was initially prepared as a design-build project similar to the one in progress for the Joint Operations Center in the historical Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle.
However, Taggert said the design of the Building 44 renovation was complete before the design-build project could be implemented for the FCDS. This reverted to a more traditional design-bid-build project.
The design was completed in August of 2020 after several delays due to requirement changes, Taggert said. The final product was solicited competitively on Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions with five responses and a single award.
“Despite the limitations implemented due to COVID-19 and the limitations enacted by Army CHESS for the end of the ITES-3H contract, the project was awarded under budget and within schedule,” Taggert said.
This work is planned and executed in accordance with the Unified Facilities Criteria standards and Telecommunications Distribution methods, the scope of work performed by the team includes telecommunications interior infrastructure planning and design, facility-related cybersecurity systems and telecommunications spaces, pathways, cabling and systems and interconnecting components necessary to support the infrastructure of voice, data and video systems.
Located at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, ARNORTH is the Army component of U.S. Northern Command delivering command and control of the Department of Defense homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities. Its mission is to conduct homeland defense, civil support operations and theater security cooperation activities and controls deployed forces as a Joint Task Force or Joint Force Land Component Command.
For more information, visit on the CIS2 program fact sheet.