A Complete Guide to Defense Modular Construction
Why the United States Needs Defense Modular Construction
The United States Department of Defense will receive $715 billion in federal funding in 2022, making it one of the most substantial government agencies. Defense spending increases every year, and an increased need for space in remote or hard-to-reach areas has forced the U.S. military to seek out alternative DoD construction solutions.
The accelerated timeline associated with modular construction makes it perfect for the defense sector. Modular structures quickly provide additional space for personnel, equipment, and processes in a way traditional construction cannot. And as global security environments evolve, DoD modular buildings help prepare our armed forces to take action, regardless of location or objective.
Specific Examples of Defense Modular Construction
We’ll conclude this blog by examining three prominent applications of defensive military modular buildings by the United States Coast Guard and Army.
United States Coast Guard Air Station (Elizabeth City, NC)
The United States Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City, NC “provides a wide variety of mission support services to units and personnel, including general administration and personnel management, medical/dental, supply, procurement and warehousing, industrial services, facilities maintenance, computer/electronics support, and morale and recreational services.” During a recent expansion, the base chose modular units as opposed to stick construction to quickly add extra office space to an aircraft repair center.
United States Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Fort Dix, NJ)
Informally known as Fort Dix, this base houses five wings of the armed forces. The mission of Fort Dix is to “provide unrivaled installation support to all mission commanders and to provide mission-ready, motivated, expeditionary Airmen to our combatant commanders.” Fort Dix is the Department of Defense’s first joint base and the only one to consolidate Air Force, Army, and Navy installations.
Fort Dix uses modular units to serve as relief barracks for Forward Operating Base (FOB) field training exercises. Designed to simulate military life in Iraq, theFOB includes staged modular tent camps, shower and sink facilities, computer labs, a “mayor’s office,” and open field space.
United States Army Strategic Deployment Platform (Fort Bliss, TX)
Fort Bliss “executes deployment operations, enabling rapid and efficient unit deployment and redeployment. [Additionally, it] provides facilities and services through a professional workforce that assists units in sustaining their readiness and promotes a safe and secure installation.”
Fort Bliss recently added a large number of modular able-bodied barracks, medical hold barracks, battalion headquarter buildings, and brigade headquarter buildings. The military battalion headquarters were customized with training, conference, and communications rooms. Additionally, the new information management building included offices, a server room, a network operations center, and electrical and mechanical rooms.
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