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Corps of Engineers awards contract for new family housing at USAG Humphreys PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 09 2009

By Bob McElroy (USAG Humphreys-Korea)

HUMPHREYS GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- The Far East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that it had awarded a $111 million-dollar contract to Daelim Industrial Company, Ltd. of Seoul to build three new family housing towers here.

The housing project will be the first new construction on Parcel K, a 110-acre section of new land west of MP Hill on the current installation.

"We should break ground within 30 to 45 days," said Fred Davis, the deputy chief of the Korea Relocation Programs Office for the Far East District. "We should complete construction by the middle of August 2011."

The project includes three multi-story towers with a total of 204 apartments and an underground parking garage with space for 285 vehicles. 142 spaces will be for compact cars, 125 for normal-sized cars and 18 spaces will be handicapped parking. There will also be ten parking spaces for motorcycles.

The garage will also have storage space for residents. Outside of the towers there will be a community gathering area with two playgrounds focused on younger children and a gazebo with benches.

Davis said that two of the towers will be 11 stories tall and the third 12. The apartments will be three to five bedrooms. The original plan called for each tower to be 12 stories but two had to be reduced to 11 stories due to funding limitations.

The exterior design of the new towers will be similar to the three family housing buildings on Humphreys but the apartment floor plans will be different, with more of a square layout, Davis said.

The towers will also be close to a new child development center, elementary school and high school that will be built on the new land over the next several years.

Davis said that more housing towers will be built in 2012 and 2013.

The next project to begin at Humphreys is the new Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Hangar at Desiderio Army Airfield. Davis said the contract should be awarded by the end of September. Construction and site preparation should begin 45 to 60 days after the contract award.

The 16,000 square-meter AVIM hangar will consolidate aviation maintenance operations now being performed in several separate buildings near the airfield. The AVIM hangar will also have a 25,000-square meter apron for aircraft access and parking.

"This one's very important," Davis said. "We have to finish this in order to build the medical campus."

Davis said that several buildings along or near the airfield that currently house aircraft maintenance operations will be torn down when the new hangar is finished. This will clear the land for the new medical campus.