Army Corps of Engineer team helps renovate Fox Army Health Ctr.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Fox Army Health Center has served the Redstone Arsenal community for 37 years. Over those 37 years, a lot of has changed. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers Medical Repair and Renewal Team from the Huntsville Center have moved in for some upgrades and renovations.

Pat Clark is a Medical Repair and Renewal manager. He says, "We have a very experienced team of contractors that have a very particular skill set that allows them to perform these renovations with very minimal disruption to the patients and healthcare staff."

Tracy Lonon, the Chief of Facility Management Division at Fox adds, "Customer care is our top priority and the renovations that have been taking place for the past several years here is going to make the patient care much more enjoyable and a much better, just overall experience for our beneficiaries who we see daily."

The bulk of the project focuses on a new, $7 million dollar HVAC system for the entire facility. In the old system, air was constantly blown out at a set rate. The new system is able to recalculate discharged air to set points. The system will be able to speed up and slow down when needed, which will equal energy savings.

While the price tag may seem steep now, the savings to the taxpayer will come later through energy efficiency. Seon Farrish, a Medical Repair and Renewal project manager, says "Installing the new systems, we're going to see a cost savings of about 35% to 50% over the old types of systems that have been in use in the facility."

The HVAC system isn't the only upgrade being made to the building. New light fixtures and energy efficient windows are also being installed.

While the renovations are underway, Fox Army Health Center is still open and seeing patients. The have set up a transition center located right next to Fox on the arsenal.

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