Alan Bugg, Area Engineer, Savannah District of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), explains how the chain of decision making for Army and Air Force hospital construction works. “We [USACE] are the construction manager for all major Army and Air Force construction. In the case of Army hospitals, we work with the Health Facility Planning Agency [HFPA] who is responsible for the overall planning and construction of all Army health facilities.” The HFPA is part of the US Army Medical Corps (MEDCOM), which oversees of all the service’s fixed facilities, including medical, dental, and veterinary facilities. Bugg says that the HFPA has standardized the hospital building process to ensure Army health professionals smoothly transition during regular moves from facility to facility. “If you go from hospital to the next, it is important that facilities and processes be consistent.” He adds that the HFPA assists the Corps in developing the RFP, making sure that those standards are met in the RFP materials. Then, the RFP is put out for bid, and both the Corps and HFPA evaluate the proposals submitted to ensure the bidders have the experience and technical capability to meet the RFP requirements. “This project was a ‘best value' rather than a lowest price technically acceptable procurement,” explains Bugg. Turner Construction Company, the contractor selected, made a proposal that he says reviewers determined offered the best value to the US taxpayer and provided the best health facility for the soldiers of Fort Benning and their families.
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