CONSTRUCTION ON FORT MEADE
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Change, Growth, Transformation
Fort Meade and the surrounding areas are in the midst of significant change, growth and transformation.
Fort Meade is home to 117 partner units, many of which are expanding their presence on Fort Meade. The U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, Defense Information School and the 902nd Military Intelligence Group are four such organizations that are slated to grow both in personnel and occupancy on post. DINFOS alone will increase the size of its building by one-third and expand its annual student capacity to 4,000.
With the addition of thousands of new employees, residents and family members, Fort Meade has been busy keeping pace with necessary upgrades to its infrastructure. Miles of fiber-optic cable have already been laid to improve communication. The installation has also privatized a majority of it’s water, sewer and utility services.
Most recent construction projects include a new AAFES shoppee and Post Exchange, youth sports complex and a Veterans Administration Center. Transportation infrastructure upgrades on post is also of primary importance.
Despite the rapid growth and transformation on the installation, Fort Meade will continue to provide world-class service to a host of tenant organizations, partner units, personnel and families.
“Key Construction Projects Support
Fort Meade Growth”
Dozens of steel beams and teams of bulldozers are visual proof that Fort Meade officials are hard at work making improvements to support the 50,000 service members, civilian employees and family members who work and live on the installation.
Upgrades to Temporary Housing
In fact, construction on a brand new 243-room hotel, Candlewood Suites, near the McGlachlin Parade Field, is well underway. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2015. Hotel guests can look forward to amenities such as complimentary breakfasts, weekly social activities and courtesy shuttles for on-post transportation.
Since 2009, the Army has been phasing control of its temporary lodging from the military to the InterContinental Hotels Group or IHG. Scott Myers, chief of Business Operations Division at the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said the new hotel will provide higher-quality lodging on the installation. “Upgrading the facilities is the primary reason. We want to give our military members and families the kind of world-class facilities they deserve,” he said. IHG officially took over management control of Fort Meade’s temporary lodging facilities in May 2013.
Major Commands Expand their Fort Meade Footprint
Construction is also underway at the Fort Meade East Campus and the future home of the U.S. Cyber Command, Marine Cyber and a new NSA data center. Eventual plans include 5.8 million square feet of development, with the first phase, 1.8 million square feet, expected to be completed in 2015. This new complex is projected to house an additional 6,500 personnel, some already working at other facilities in the local area.
New Facilities Offer Value and Variety
Elsewhere, The Army and Air Force Exchange completed construction on a new Express facility near Fort Meade’s Route 32 gate. The 8,420-square-foot Express, near the Defense Information School, features six gas pumps and an Arby’s restaurant. A donut shop is also planned.
The new 167,000-square-foot Post Exchange will feature a pharmacy and a larger food court with six food vendors, including Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, Charley’s Grilled Subs and Subway.
“It is exciting to get brand new facilities,” said Rita Inchaurregui-Powell, store manager of the Exchange and acting general manager of the Fort Meade facilities. “We’ve been in this building for so many years and it’s been pieced together, so going into a brand new building and to be able to offer new fixtures and the new department-store look -- it’s really exciting to us.”
Exchange officials hope to open the new Exchange facility by the end of the 2014. Once open, the old Post Exchange facility will be closed and demolished to make room for additional vehicle parking.
Supporting Families and the Fort Meade Mission
Fort Meade is also expanding its child care facilities to accommodate the needs of growing families. Currently, there are three Child Development Centers on the installation to care for the dependents of service members and civilians.
Two CDC facilities are under construction to accommodate the often demanding schedule of working parents. This in turn, ensures Fort Meade’s operational mission can continue. Officials broke ground on the construction site in April 2014.