US Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center

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Huntsville Center is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Medical Facilities Mandatory Center of Expertise and Standardization (MX), and partners with the Corps' project delivery teams, regional business centers/divisions, stakeholders and geographical districts to provide medical expertise and the highest quality medical and medical research facility life cycle support to the Department of Defense (DOD), other federal agencies and foreign governments.

The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville is the designated the Range and Training Land Program Mandatory Center of Expertise (RTLP MCX). The RTLP MCX provides centralized management and engineering support to all parts of the Training Support System (TSS) Enterprise. TSS includes the Sustainable Range (SRP), Soldier Training Support (STSP), and Mission Command Training Support (MCTSP) Programs. 

The RTLP MCX is the centralized repository for information and expertise in planning, programming, design and construction of automated ranges, Training Support Centers (TSC) and Mission Training Complex (MTC) standards and projects for the TSS Program. 

The RTLP MCX assists the Department of the Army and installations in planning, site development, programming and design of ranges — both military construction (MILCON) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) funded. The goal is to standardize ranges and training, while decreasing the overall cost of range design, construction, operation and maintenance as well as implementing new technologies to improve training capability in support of new weapons systems and tactics.

The Huntsville Center Structural Branch of the Directorate of Engineering serves as the Technical Center of Expertise for explosives safety under the Protective Design‐Mandatory Center of Expertise (PD‐MCX) assigned to the U.S. Army Engineer District, Omaha. In 1993, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Omaha District and Huntsville Center was signed delineating the responsibilities of both organizations. This MOA formalized a longstanding informal relationship between the Structural Branch, Civil Structures Division, Directorate of Engineering, and the PD‐MCX at Omaha.

Specific responsibilities of Huntsville Center are:

Assist in identifying criteria deficiencies related to explosives safety controlled blast resistant facility design

Review research and development planning documents by the PD‐MCX

Review protective design related project brochures, project booklets, design documents, studies, and evaluations prepared by the PD‐MCX
Assist the PD‐MCX with training and other technology transfer initiatives

Provide limited technical assistance on explosives safety issues as a “one stop” service for the Army

Be the PD‐MCX design review agent for explosives safety related project designs originating within the Corps’ major subordinate commands

Perform Explosives Safety Site Plan reviews in accordance with Direct Reporting Unitauthority given by Headquarters, USACE Safety and Occupational Health Office

The Electronic Security Center (ESC) is the premier team for quality oversight and technical expertise for the design, procurement, and installation of Electronic Security Systems (ESS).

Any U.S. Government agency in need of electronic security should contact us to discuss individual requirements and available engineering technical support and contracting opportunities.

We work with the Customer and in-house contracting teammates to develop requirements and issue a Request for Proposal (RFP), resulting in a task order award to a pre-qualified Contractor offering the best value to the Government.

We also offer ESS design courses and Integrated Commercial Intrusion Detection System (ICIDS) training courses for the Army and other U.S. agencies. We are currently developing courses for conducting Electronic Security System Surveys and conducting Performance Verification Testing (PVT).

We offer cradle-to-grave ESS technical services. When requested, we will survey, design, procure, install, test, and maintain systems worldwide. Army Regulation 190-13 recognizes the ESC as a mandatory center of expertise for electronic security system technical expertise to Army organizations. Through our Mandatory Center of Expertise (ESS-MCX) and Procurement and Installation team, we rapidly deliver products and services, worldwide. Our products and services are available to U.S. Government agencies or affiliates.

Why Choose The ESC?

  • Record of high Customer satisfaction.
  • Full range of ESS technical expertise, products, and services immediately available.
  • Direct and rapid service to any government agency or affiliate.
  • Proven capability to deliver ESS products and services worldwide.
  • Products and services acquired competitively, under the federal streamlined procurement processes.
  • Pre-qualified pool of Contractors that perform to meet USACE and industry standards, in compliance with Unified Facility Criteria (UFC).
  • Complete project management, beginning with identification of need, ensures products are delivered in accordance with Customer requirements and specifications.
  • Suite of contracts for A-E Services, Engineering Services, and Procurement and Installation.

Program Manager 256-895-1879

The Utility Monitoring and Control System (UMCS) Mandatory Center of Expertise (MCX) at Huntsville Center was established in 1981 in response to recurring problems in the design and installation of UMCS projects throughout the Department of Defense.

The UMCS MCX develops and maintains criteria, specifications and relevant technical solutions that incorporate the latest technological advances and industry standards.


The UMCS Program provides:

  • Design, procurement and installation services of electronic data acquisition and control systems to include UMCS; supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA); heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; alternative energy systems; fire and life safety systems; building automation systems (BAS); chemical / biological / radiological containment detection / filtration / response; utilities metering; mass notification systems (MNS); and other systems requiring electronic monitoring and control.

  • Operations, maintenance and service of all of the above

  • Commissioning and retro-commissioning of all of the above

  • Application of approved information assurance (IA) measures for connectivity solutions

  • MCX technical oversight


The UMCS Product Delivery Team (PDT) supports DOD and other government agencies worldwide through the utilization of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts for procurement and installation, and maintenance and service projects. The PDT also maintains Architect-Engineer contracts for planning, design, survey and other engineering services.

Huntsville Center serves as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Installation Support Center of Expertise. In that capacity, Huntsville Center’s project managers partner with Corps districts, Directorates of Public Works, Installation Management Command and other federal agencies on installation support projects worldwide. The ISCX is committed to providing outstanding mission and quality of life support to military installations.
For more information, visit the Installation Support and Programs Management homepage or call 256-895-1397.

The Environmental and Munitions Center of Expertise, as part of the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, serves the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others by providing high quality engineering and scientific support to environmental remediation, munitions response and compliance programs around the world. The EM CX staff is a diverse team of responsive, dedicated, innovative professionals who support USACE, the Environmental Community of Practice, and the Army in meeting environmental and munitions response challenges. The CX works with their customers to attain solutions that benefit and protect the public and the environment.

The EM CX supports the USACE Headquarters and offices worldwide on complex environmental and munitions 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 PROSPECT and informal training, and the evaluation of and recommendations on innovative technologies. The EM CX also provides environmental management assistance on special studies and analyses.

The roles and responsibilities of the EM CX are outlined in ER 10-1-50. The CX operates with responsibilities and authorities granted from USACE Headquarters. The EM CX is designated a mandatory center of expertise (MCX). Per ER 1110-1-8158, Corps-Wide Centers of Expertise Program (January 1998) “An MCX is a USACE organization that has been approved by HQ USACE as having a unique or exceptional technical capability in a specialized subject area that is critical to other USACE commands.” The responsibilities of an MCX are to maintain state-of-the-art technical expertise in the assigned specialty; and provide technical assistance and specific services to HQ USACE, all other USACE commands, and other organizations per the mission and function statements.

The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville is the Ballistic Missile Defense System Mandatory Center of Expertise. Engineer Regulation 1110-2-8163 outlines roles and responsibilities for the new CX.

Huntsville Center (then Huntsville Division) stood up in 1967 with the primary mission of supporting Sentinel/Safeguard.  Since that time, the Center continues to adapt to the changing needs of the country and to expand its portfolio – always maintaining technical expertise in Ballistic Missile Defense.  Due to that expertise, and the proximity of Huntsville Center to the Missile Defense Agency's location on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, MDA requested establishing a formal MCX, and Headquarters, USACE approved the MCX in 2016.

The BMDS-MCX provides standard USACE support and technical expertise to MDA, and ensures standardization of design where applicable; maintains technical expertise; leverages technical knowledge; and assures consistency and efficiency in delivery of BMDS facilities and infrastructure. 

Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technical Center of Expertise

Program Manager (256) 895-1727


The Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technical Center of Expertise is available on a reimbursable basis to provide technical support related to HVAC controls and systems for various Department of Defense elements. This support includes:

  • Providing technical guidance
  • Performing technical submittal and design reviews
  • Providing specialized training related to HVAC controls and systems
  • Providing HVAC controls and system planning and designs
  • Investigating, identifying and solving HVAC controls and systems related problems
  • Developing statement of work/performance work statements
  • Developing criteria
  • Evaluating products/technologies
  • Assessing condition of HVAC controls and systems
  • Providing commissioning related oversight
  • Conducting performance verification / acceptance testing and monitoring of HVAC controls and systems
  • Conducting HVAC related energy performance audits/studies.

We have over 20 mechanical engineers located at Huntsville Center available to support this center of expertise using various HVAC analysis and Computer Assisted Design software tools as required.

The Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity Technical Center of Expertise promotes cybersecurity awareness and provides technical services related to ICS cybersecurity for military construction (MILCON) projects; sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) projects; and operations and maintenance (O&M) efforts to ensure USACE delivers cyber secure facilities to its military customers. The TCX supports USACE and external organizations in the development and review of ICS acquisition packages, ICS inventory and facility audits, and the development, review and oversight of ICS Risk Management Framework (RMF) execution in accordance with Department of Defense requirements.