October 14, 2008

Clark to Lead Construction on $556 Million San Antonio Military Medical Center

SAN ANTONIO – The United States Army Corps of Engineers has awarded Clark Construction Group and joint venture partner Hunt Construction Group a $556 million integrated design-bid-build contract for construction of the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The project is a result of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission's recommendations.

The 1.1 million square-foot project, including renovations to the existing Clark-built Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), will create the military's flagship medical facility in the southern United States. Upon completion of the project, BAMC will be re-designated as the north campus of SAMMC. The scope of work includes constructing a new 790,000 square-foot medical tower and 275,000 square feet of renovations to the existing BAMC. The project will also add a 5,000-space parking garage and a 28,000 square-foot central energy plant. The SAMMC project will also feature an extension of BAMC's internationally acclaimed, state-of-the-art ISR Burn Unit. In addition, it will include approximately 78,000 square feet of medical swing space to be used by the existing hospital departments during the renovation.  Throughout the project, all medical services at BAMC are expected to be fully maintained.

The changes to BAMC will allow the facility to absorb additional medical responsibilities as part of the BRAC implementation process. The military inpatient care currently provided at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio will be consolidated at BAMC, which is one of the largest medical centers in the entire Department of Defense. Construction began in September 2008. Project completion is expected in July 2011.

RTKL of Dallas was selected as lead architect of this project. Additional project partners include Halff Associates, of Richardson, Texas, architect and civil engineer; Walter P. Moore and Campbell & Associates, of Houston, structural engineer; and Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., of Dallas, and K.M. Ng & Associates, Inc., of Houston, MEP engineers.