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6/27/2013

Hirschfeld Industries Selected as Steel Contractor for New Fort Bliss Medical Facility

El Paso, TX (June 27, 2013) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced the construction of a new, world class medical facility at Fort Bliss in support of warriors and their families. The one million square-foot facility will replace the existing William Beaumont Army Medical Center to accommodate the increased troop presence and dependent care needs resulting from the recent Fort Bliss expansion program.

Fort Bliss Medical Facility

Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners II (Joint Venture of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Clark Construction Group, LLC) was recently named the prime contractor for the $648 million Fort Bliss replacement hospital. Hirschfeld Industries has been selected by Clark McCarthy as the steel contractor responsible for Building Information Modeling (BIM), fabrication and erection of the 18,000-ton steel structure. Hirschfeld’s West Texas fabrication plants are in geographic proximity to Fort Bliss. Clark McCarthy’s award of the Fort Bliss project to Hirschfeld continues the relationship between the companies for strategic, large-scale healthcare facilities that began in 1990 with the Brooke Army Medical hospital replacement.

Since the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DOD) and General Services Administration (GSA) addresses progressive collapse resistance as a design requirement for new buildings. HDR Architecture, integrated the latest in progressive collapse resistant design using SidePlate™ patented connection technologies.These moment connection systems have been successfully tested by the DOD/GSA for load conditions simulating severe earthquakes, a bomb blast attack and a subsequent post-blast progressive collapse, resulting in safer buildings.  Hirschfeld has played an active role with SidePlate™ by creating awareness in the structural engineering community, (Structures Congress 2009), and streamlining fabrication/erection methods, as seen on San Antonio Military Medical Center 2008.

Construction for the medical facility at Fort Bliss is set to begin in summer 2013. For more information on this project, please visit www.army.mil/article/95396/.

 

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