What We Do
Building healthy DoD Communities since 1978, the MX is responsible for developing medical design and construction policies, technical guidance, procedures, criteria, specifications and standards that integrate medically unique design, construction, and operational requirements.
The organization is mandatory for all Department of Defense Medical (DoDM) facilities, and is available on a reimbursable basis to provide support to other agencies. Summarized in a memorandum to all USACE Division and Center Commanders by BG Temple on 29 Nov 2005, he stated: "The Medical Facilities Mandatory Center of Expertise, acting in partnership with the Project Delivery Team, has leadership responsibility for design acquisition strategy and concept design development, with continued technical oversight and direction during final design and construction execution concerning medically unique aspects of the project."
In February 1976, the House Congressional Subcommittee on Military Installations become concerned with the cost of acquiring military health facilities, and subsequently directed the Department of Defense to undertake a study, whose prime purpose was to make recommendations, that if implemented, would hold down the costs of providing military healthcare facilities, and would at the same time provide an acceptable healthcare delivery capability.
The Department of Defense finalized their study in August 1977, and recognized the need for one single office to handle all medical facility design work assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That office was formed on 1 October 1978 and evolved into today's Medical Facilities Mandatory Center of Expertise and Standardization (MX), assigned to the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. Since its inception some 30 years ago, the MX has provided professional, multi-disciplinary, technical support services to more than 450 healthcare facilities, exceeding $10 billion of construction.