This project started back in October 2016 with a series of pre-design meetings and presentations reviewing remodeling options. The old Dormitory Services Center (currently called the Adams Band Hall) was built in 1969 and this was the first major remodeling of the facility. Three pre-design presentations with options were made to the Commandant and staff. The project goals did not only include limited facility upgrades but also a restructuring of operational and inventory processes that will help to increase service times and strive for more lean operations.
The project was also influenced by two other projects – the development of a new Corps Facilities and Programming Plan that started in 2015 and the conversion of the adjacent custodial facilities into the new Corps Athletic Training Room (ATR). The facilities plan adopted shows the demolishing of the Band Hall to make way for the new pedestrian connection from Evans Library to the new Music Activities Center currently under construction next to George Bush Drive. A new Corps Service Center is also planned. This reduced the Military Property Warehouse (MPW) remodeling scope while meeting new operational goals. The project had to be delayed by a semester in order to first complete the ATR in less than a month before the start of the fall 2017 school year.
Minimum renovation of the MPW, however, meant major facility changes to meet building, safety, and ADA codes with a severely restricted budget and schedule. These upgrades also influenced the planned layout in terms of service processes of multiple issuing, changes, and laundry services handled by the 5-person staff. Construction was scheduled to start in October 2017 when inventory was at its minimum but had to be delayed for 6 weeks due to funding and design issues that required value engineering but the date of completion remained the start of the Spring 2018 semester. It was further complicated by keeping all inventory onsite and moving it around to create areas ready for remodeling. It was also determined that a complete air conditioning system replacement had to be done.
This is a truly collaborative effort of all stakeholders, contractors, several university departments and services participating. Engineering, Design and Construction Services Project Manager II Hannes Furter led the project and is thankful for all of the support along the way. Hannes would like to thank EDCS Superintendent I Keith Barton and Construction Inspector I Shane Johnson for their work. Hannes praises both Keith and Shane saying, “They have been so good at working with the contractors and being there for inspections at a moment’s notice!” Hannes also notes that EDCS Team Lead and Architect Dennis Gray has also been extremely helpful. Hannes is very appreciative of Will Schrank, Corps of Cadets Assistant Commandant as well as Marek Brothers Construction who have been bending over backward to make this project happen and SZH Architecture and Ramirez-Simon Engineering that dealt with so many changes.