United Excel Design to Serve as DOR on Substantial Air Force Clinic Renovations

Two Contracts Total More than $51.7 Million for Projects at Minot and Vance Air Force Bases

United Excel Design was recently selected to serve as the designer of record on two government design-build initial outfitting contracts. The projects, awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District, will renovate the medical clinics located at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Vance Air Force Base, Okla. As the designer of record, United Excel Design will provide the architectural and interior design.

The prime contractor that will be managing the construction process is Kansas City-based United Excel. KAI Design & Build, based in St. Louis, Mo., will provide the engineering design. United Excel’s Kansas City-based affiliate company, Mill Creek, will oversee the procurement and installation of the medical equipment and furniture.

“We take seriously our contribution towards supporting the government’s ability to provide the best medical care possible for military personnel and their families through world-class health care facilities,” said Kevin Rogers, principal at United Excel. “United Excel Design will be an important partner in helping us deliver success on these projects.”

The two projects will be delivered under the design-build initial outfitting delivery model. Considered the future of health care design, this model involves key multi-disciplinary participants throughout all phases of construction. Integrating all parties from the project’s start is reputed to help reduce risk, minimize uncertainties in design interpretation, create cost savings and lead to a shorter schedule.

The $37.7 million clinic renovation project at Minot will occur in three concurrent phases, with a construction duration of approximately 38 months. This project will reconfigure and modernize approximately 47,000 square feet of space to address the growing obsolescence of the facility, accommodate the demands of its outpatient mission and meet the ongoing healthcare needs of the beneficiary population. Utilities and mechanical infrastructure will also be upgraded. The project will be designed to obtain LEED Silver certification. Major trade partners include mechanical subcontractor Mowbray and Son, Inc., and electrical partner Main & Holmes Electric, both based in Minot, N.D.

The $13.9 million renovation at Vance Air Force Base will update the clinic’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to optimize efficiency and make it code compliant. The scope will also right size and modernize multiple departments, including radiology, pathology and clinical laboratory, the patient centered medical home and portions of the dental clinic. The project will be designed to obtain LEED certification. Construction will occur in three phases, with a total project duration of approximately 34 months. Major trade partners include mechanical subcontractor Luckinbill, Inc., and electrical partner KC Electric, both based near Enid, Okla.