Few firms, if any, can show more depth and breadth of Department of Defense, specifically U.S. Army Corps of Engineers VE experience than SVS.  The quantity of studies we have conducted not only gives us the edge in experience, but also has afforded us a deeply-rooted familiarity with the Corps’ programs, policies, and procedures.  Over our long history of serving the Corps of Engineers, we have conducted value studies on over 250 projects including administration facilities education and training facilities, medical and healthcare, company operations facilities, battalion and brigade headquarters, dining facilities, barracks, vehicle maintenance, training ranges, rail transportation and so much more.

Historic Fort Leavenworth Military Modernization

SVS has conducted many value engineering studies and value based design charrettes for projects located on Fort Leavenworth with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District.

Fort Leavenworth is considered one of the most significant historic military installations in the Department of the Army. It is the oldest operating military installation west of the Mississippi River. The site has 237 historic buildings, built between 1827 and 1940. The Fort now strives to maintain the historical preservation of these buildings, but as the military climate continues to escalate technologically, it poses a greater challenge to the Corps and to contractors. SVS has been charged with applying our services toward the modernization program for several projects within the Fort Leavenworth compound.

 Historic Building Goes High Tech – Building 465

This 1930s building originally served as a hospital for the old US Disciplinary Barracks. The building, which is now vacant, will be renovated to house 14 new classrooms for the Civilian Education System. SVS conducted a value-based design charrette and a value engineering study on this project.

The scope of the design charrette was to develop a jointly agreeable floor plan for Building 465. SVS facilitated the charrette process, including alternatives considered during the process, assumptions made, and discussions throughout the process. By teaming with the designer, construction experts, historical preservationists, fire, electrical, mechanical, and architectural inputs, the team developed the conceptual floor plan that was agreeable to all users and stakeholders while maintaining much of the historic fabric and presence of the building.

At the conclusion of the charrette, the Using Service and the Post Engineer felt the need to look for a more cost effective solution for the structural and mechanical systems that would retain more of the historic integrity of the building. To that end, SVS was contracted to conduct a Value Study two weeks following the charrette. SVS assembled an expert team of design professionals to focus on the stair tower, the structural modifications, and the new HVAC system.

We have recently released a newsletter documenting the services we provided for the Building 465 Project.  To download and view, please click the link:

Historic Building Goes High-Tech

 National Military Prisoner Consolidation

In 2005, the US Military decided to consolidate the regional level II security at Fort Leavenworth, KS. The Fort did not have sufficient room in the existing prison to accommodate the number of inmates that would be relocated to the base. The new 225,452 square foot Regional Correctional Facility will support 512 inmates and be located at a more remote location of the installation for stronger security. SVS conducted a 5-day value study on the facility, identifying a number of possible improvement opportunities. The study resulted in accepted improvements to the storm drainage system, roofing system, plumbing, and minor modifications in some of the larger rooms. The ultimate accepted savings was well over $1 million.

 Modern Warfare Calls for Modern Classrooms

With increasing military technologies, more and more classroom time is becoming necessary in training soldiers and officers. Fort Leavenworth is the leading officer training facility in the US Military. Eisenhower Hall and the Combined Arms Research Library are an important upgrade to the Army’s training program. Eisenhower is to be fitted with modern classrooms, complete with state-of-the-art electronic training equipment. The Research Library is a source for research for officers in training.

SVS conducted the value engineering study on the original design, so it was a natural fit for SVS to facilitate the week long value-based design charrette of the renovation of these buildings. The team was able to develop a floor plan that was acceptable to everyone, as well as make some major design decisions that will accelerate the construction process and allow completion to accommodate ongoing training and upcoming class schedules.

 Battle Command Needs Modern Training Facility

Fort Leavenworth is a leading military officer’s training installation. The previous Battle Seminar Facility was outdated, and officer training required technology and equipment that the current training facilities could not support. SVS conducted a value engineering study on the renovation of Historic Townsend Hall into a new Battle Seminar Facility. The new building provides support for the latest technologies for simulations and seminars, technical support facilities, classrooms, conference rooms, video teleconference facilities and secure and non-secure storage.

 From Stables to Classrooms

Flint Hall and Muir Hall are exceptional representations of our changing times. Flint and Muir, constructed in 1908 and 1910, respectively, were originally constructed as stables for cavalry soldiers. Both buildings were retrofitted with offices in the 1940’s and have operated in this manner since. Additionally, a major portion of Flint Hall had been converted to a gymnasium. Both of these structures are now historic structures to be upgraded to support high-tech classroom spaces for advanced officer training. This posed a major obstacle for the designers and engineers. The Fort turned to Strategic Value Solutions for assistance.

SVS conducted a value-based design charrette, bringing together designers, Corps’ engineers, and other stakeholders giving them an opportunity to collaborate collectively and develop a plan that will satisfy all stakeholders, perform all the required functions and be cost-effective without sacrificing the historic qualities of the buildings. Together, the team was able to develop a floor plan that delivered an extra classroom than was previously planned, and identified a number of possible constructability concerns and determined necessary solutions to these issues. The final plan requires rebuilding of the entire structural system on Flint Hall while maintaining the building shell.

Fort Riley UAV Hangar

This project includes a 52,000 SF Hangar Facility that is being designed to accommodate both aircraft maintenance and company operations functions. The 28,000 SF Hangar Maintenance Bay will be a pre-engineered metal building system. The adjoining 24,000 SF Administration Area will be a conventional steel framed structure.

The value team recommended alternatives with potential savings of nearly $700,000 including: further use of pre-engineered structures; re-configuring of floor structure to reduce floor-to-floor height; an alternative that enabled elimination of steel braced frames and associated double stud walls; and several ideas to reduce energy usage.

Army Reserve Design Guide Update

In 2011, the Army Reserve (AR) underwent an update to its Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) for Army Reserve Facilities to include technology changes, lessons learned, and policy/requirement changes. USACE and AR Leadership decided the UFC update would get better quality attention and response if folks worked together in a workshop. The decision was made to organize a value engineering workshop in accordance with ER 11-1-321, and utilize Certified Value Specialists (CVS) from SVS for leadership and facilitation with the following objectives:

1. Create a venue for concurrent participation from all key stakeholders
2. Present new information including but not limited to:

  • New facility design concepts
  • New technology
  • Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs)
  • Lessons learned

3. Facilitate open communication with autonomy
4. Incorporate new information that assures best value going forward

The Value Team developed alternatives, which were incorporated into the UFC that will help Project Development Teams (PDTs) and other users of the UFC to better understand the needs of the Army Reserve and improve functionality, avoid issues, and reduce life cycle costs when designing Army Reserve Facilities. The result of this study was the development of a catalogue of ideas that can be used with future Army Reserve Projects to deliver best value.

Pentagon Access Control Points

As part of a master plan to improve access and security, improvements are being proposed on Access Control Points (ACP) around the Pentagon. This project is meant to both improve the security of the site and to increase the safety of pedestrians, both employees and visitors to the Pentagon Memorial.

Used for allowing for employee entrance, screening vehicles, badging visitors, inspecting trucks and overall security for access to the installation, the ACPs have a large impact on both the overall security of the installation as well as the everyday throughput of vehicles and supplies to and from the facility.  The value team recommended eight alternatives providing the potential for cost reductions totaling nearly $1 million while maintaining or enhancing the security functions overall.

Tactical Training Facility

This project includes construction of a one of a kind facility for tactical and strategic training on the use of special military defense equipment. The building is planned to be a two story facility with eight training bays on the lower floor, supported by classrooms, administrative offices and additional classrooms on the second floor.

Since the current design was developed according to a number of “lessons learned” from similar facilities on the installation, the value team was tasked with validating the current design to ensure that the stakeholder is getting the facility that will provide the most value.  The value team identified a number of functional improvements and cost savings. However, since the project was already 14% below budget, cost savings was not the key focus. Rather, the main goal of the value team was to act as an honest broker for the stakeholders to ensure they were getting their ideal project.  The value team achieved this goal by achieving successful implementation of 50% of all ideas proposed.

Squadron Operations

This project includes construction of a new 2,000 M2 Squadron Operations (Squad Ops) facility to be used jointly by both the private industry and the US Air Force.  The Squad Ops facility will be one of the first of its kind to house the training operations for specific military aircraft.  The facility will house classroom operations, administrative activities and training operations for one squadron on the base and is one of five facilities being planned for construction.

The Value team recommended several ideas focusing on improvements to functionality including acoustics in open areas, efficient use of natural daylighting, and more cost effective building enclosure alternatives resulting in approximately $400,000 implemented savings.

Intelligence Community Campus, Bethesda

This project includes rehabilitation and new construction of buildings, plus site improvements including upgrades to the security checkpoint and secured perimeter, on an existing business center.  This campus expansion is proposed to house 3,000 people and support 2,200 cars. To house the tenants, it is proposed that there will be a combination of rehabilitated building and infrastructure along with construction of a new infill building and centrum that will connect all the existing and new structures into a unified facility.  To support the proposed 2,200 cars, a six story parking structure is proposed for construction in the back side of the north end of the site.

The value team was able to effectively complete a conceptual phasing and packaging plan that would successfully deliver the project on time using the restricted funding stream already laid out for the project and also allow for complete packages to be finished every year starting in FY 2014 which would help to mitigate identified risks of project interruptions rendering entire portions of the campus unusable despite already having expended funding for their upgrades.

Guam Strike South Ramp

This utilities upgrade project located in Guam includes an upgrade of the existing base utility infrastructure to support future construction of three visiting quarters (VQ) under a separate project. The upgrade includes: new sanitary sewer line, a new sanitary sewer pump station; a new electrical secondary distribution line; new communication lines; and a new SCADA system for monitoring and controlling operations for wastewater lift stations and other utilities.

The charrette team developed value alternatives resulting in over $1.6 million implemented savings plus an additional $1.1 million potential savings which was still being considered as of this writing.

Digital Training Range

This new Training Range is required to provide digitally enhanced combat platforms with digital war fighting operations to active Army, Reserve and National Guard units. The overall purpose of this project is to convert an existing range by expanding the functional area and adding the digital target systems and associated support structures.

The value team recommended several ideas that would reduce site and facility construction costs which if implemented would result in over $2 million cost avoidance while meeting the overall training mission requirements.