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Posted 2/20/2017

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By Stephen Satkowski
Far East DIstrict

Construction on the United States Forces Korea operations center continues to stay on schedule. The center, a 377,000 square-foot, two-level underground facility, will support the United States Forces Korea (USFK) headquarters requirements as part of the relocation of forces to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys. The project will provide facilities for USFK's mission during armistice, crisis, and wartime.

Due to the large scope of the project there are multiple contracts involved. Chris Brincefield, project manager since 2016, has been encouraged by the progress so far.

 “This project has been running very well,” said Brincefield. “Construction Surveillance Resident Office manages the construction contract and the project delivery team has developed a strong working relationship with all stakeholders to include the end user and construction contractor.”

 One of the challenging aspects is the immense concrete requirement of 180,000 cubic meters. To meet this requirement the Far East District worked with the contractor and U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys to approve and construct the first and only concrete batch plant on the installation.

 “The largest single placement has been 2,500 cubic meters which required three concrete pump trucks, 420 concrete truck loads and took approximately 16 hours to place,” said Brincefield.

 Construction began on the project in 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2020.