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Delivering by the Numbers

In a repeat performance, Bergelectric teamed with Clark Design/Build in another extraordinary effort that has helped to keep America’s military combat ready.  The dynamic duo was called on to battle the odds as well as Mother Nature in delivering over 550 buildings in a super-fast-track time-frame at Fort Bliss, Texas—the home of seven Forces Command war-fighting units, including several air and missile-defense commands.

At over 1.1 million acres of land in both Texas and New Mexico, Fort Bliss is the largest U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and is the only Army training installation in the continental US capable of firing long-range Air Defense Artillery missiles, such as the Patriot and HAWK.  With electrical construction totaling over $40 million, the Fort Bliss project is also the largest installation by far in the Berg’s sixty-year history.

Dollars and Sense

With the project team’s experience on the fast-track modular construction under its belt from the similar projects at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Berg was well prepared to take on this brigade and battalion complex that now operates from 568 modular buildings.  Berg was instrumental in delivering the complex ductwork and critical communications systems for headquarters operations, vehicle maintenance and barracks facilities.  This massive effort resulted in the construction of over 1-million square feet of building footprints.

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Building Confidence

By quickly assembling forces from seven states, as well as recruiting 95% of field personnel locally, Berg was able to speed mobilization and reduce relocation costs.  Wind and sandstorms were so intense that the Fort Bliss project was shutdown multiple times.

“Berg never let Mother Nature or anything else deter them from delivering on their mission,” said Clark Construction Project Executive.  “They were a go-to subcontractor that always performed up to our expectations or better—through both the easy and the difficult times.  Berg was honest, didn’t put up smoke screens and when they were wrong, they fixed it.  I don’t know what else I could ask for,” he added.

During the nine-month assignment Berg provided a comprehensive infrastructure of electrical, fire alarm, mass notification, as well as voice and data systems for this Temporary Unit of Action.  “The dedicated efforts of our prefabrication and detailing departments really made these achievements possible,” noted Berg Project Executive Robert Pruitt.  In an unprecedented effort, Berg personnel were able to prefabricate and deliver nearly 40,000 feet of ductbanks, more than 900 light-fixture assemblies, and 120 conduit stubs or assemblies, as well as accurately laying out over 550 underground electrical services for the project.

Size
1.1-Million Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$36 Million

Duration
August 2005 – August 2006

Delivery Method
Design Build

Other Team Members
Clark Construction
LS3P Associates
Newcomb & Boyd

Berg Regional Office
Orlando

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