Guyco to Renovate Barracks, Energy Plant at Fort Hood
Guyco in Lampasas, TX won a $89.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to renovate 13 VOLAR barracks and a central energy plant at Fort Hood, TX.
The VOLAR, or Volunteer Army, barracks, were built in the 1970s to accommodate the all-volunteer Army, following the end of the draft in place during the Vietnam War.
For the renovation, Guyco will perform engineering analysis, evaluation, and testing of the structures. Then, the contractor will use the findings to resolve mold growth issue, minimize vapor transmission, improve energy efficiency, and seal building envelopes to improve the living conditions for the soldiers stationed there…
The goal of the Fort Hood renovation is to provide healthy apartment style barracks free of mold by remodeling them to the 1+1 barracks design in which each soldier has a private room. Guyco will redesign and renovate wall assemblies, stairwell and walkway vestibules, as well as mechanical system upgrades such as 4 pipe distribution system with heat recovery, heat pumps, and central air handling units for pressurization.
The 13 barracks being renovated constitute approximately 422,640 total square feet of space and 1 central energy plant providing distributed heating and cooling for 7 barracks and 9 additional buildings. Supporting work includes new chilled water underground distribution lines, underground heating distribution lines, replacement of existing water and sewer lines, parking lot repairs, landscaping, fire protection sprinkler and fire detection systems for the barracks.
A similar project [PDF] was undertaken at Fort Polk, TX, where 13 Volar barracks and 4 central energy plants were renovated.
For the Fort Hood renovation, Guyco expects to complete the work by March 30/11. Bids were solicited on the Web with 6 bids received by the US Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District in Texas (W9126G-09-C-0071).