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KING AND SOURCE featured at Buildex Vancouver-Photos Courtesy of Ron Sombilon Gallery and PacBlue Printing

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BRAC brings upheaval, opportunity to San Antonio 090812
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PHOTO CAPTION: Gilbert Viera, a laborer with RKJ Construction, sweeps the entranceway at the loading dock at Building 2265. (Photo by Rob McIlvaine, FMWRC Public Affairs)


BRAC brings upheaval, opportunity to San Antonio 090812

By Rob McIlvaine
FMWRC Public Affairs

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Construction on the Installation Management Command campus at Fort Sam Houston is raising the dust with four buildings under complete renovation, one getting an addition, two being built from the ground up, and 2,400 people moving into new offices during the next two years.

“It’s been a year-long process to get all the building plans developed and the approvals granted for all of these projects,” IMCOM Transformation Office Program Manager Roy “R.J.” Holley said.

With one of the buildings half completed, and contracts being awarded for the rest, Fort Sam, as it is colloquially known, continues to grow.

Construction, however, is not new to San Antonio, known as Military City USA. From the early days of Spanish exploration and the transformation of the Alamo, to providing the cutting edge in battlefield healthcare training, San Antonio’s history is closely linked to military history.

However, the Base Realignment and Closure activities scheduled to occur in San Antonio through September 2011 could arguably be one of the city’s largest economic development projects.

San Antonio’s four military facilities – Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases, Camp Bullis and Fort Sam Houston – are expected to receive 4,886 new personnel, 5,500 Family members, 9,000 additional students, along with .1 billion in construction.

San Antonio is one of 12 locations worldwide where Department of Defense sites are combining to form joint bases. Under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Joint Basing plan for San Antonio, installation support functions at Fort Sam Houston will combine with those at Randolph and Lackland AFBs to support what will be the largest customer-based organization in the Department of Defense when completed in 2011.

Restoration of historic structures on Fort Sam Houston will provide administrative space for about 3,000 military personnel and civilian employees. They will support a variety of realigned agencies and commands, including the Installation Management Command, the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, and the Army Environmental Command. The Mission and Installation Contracting Command and the Network Enterprise Technology Command, including the 106th Signal Brigade, also will be stationed there.

All told, BRAC is expected to bring 9,000 employees to Fort Sam Houston.

These renovation projects include about two dozen structures, many of which are more than 75 years old and several that are more than a century old. As federal historic renovation efforts, the projects are within the National Historic Preservation Act parameters.

“One of the nicest things about these historical structures built in the 1930s as regimental barracks is the open balconies that will allow people to move between offices by going outside on the second and third floors,” Holley said about IMCOM headquarters. “The balconies face the summertime prevailing winds, allowing them to be nice and cool. A lot of business will probably be conducted on those balconies.”

If there is insufficient room on the balconies, the buildings are designed with 30 percent more meeting rooms and conference areas than normal design guidelines.

These historic structures are arranged in the shape of a square with a new 168,000 square foot IMCOM headquarters being constructed in the middle.

Holley oversees renovation of three buildings for IMCOM – including one for FMWRC and another for AEC. He also oversees construction of a fourth building for IMCOM, to be located inside the four outlying buildings on campus, the renovation of the old Sam Houston Theater for Army Entertainment Division, and construction of the MWR Academy.

Building 2264, the future home of Family and MWR Command, will begin renovation this November and be completed by May 2011.

In the meantime, 68 personnel, the majority of whom are relocating from the National Capital Region, will work at the Fort Sam Houston Community Club until the permanent lease space located off base becomes available in September.

IMCOM personnel moving to Fort Sam Houston this summer will experience some difficulty in accomplishing their daily work activities. But in two years the enormous amount of construction and the resulting consolidation of various departments will streamline workflow, reduce stress and contribute to an improved quality of life for Soldiers and Families.

"We’re having growing pains, of course," said Bill Bradner, deputy Public Affairs officer and spokesperson for the Family and MWR Command. "Adapting to split operations is a challenge, and working through the IT issues has been frustrating, at times. But every day we’re getting smarter, and developing solutions to those challenges.

"We’re looking forward to moving to the leased space this fall. Right now some of us are working on folding tables, taking our files and computers home every night, even sharing phones, copiers and printers. Moving to office space and establishing a more permanent infrastructure will be a huge step forward. Of course, there will be growing pains then, too… but the lessons we’ve learned making the move from Alexandria to Fort Sam should serve us well as we move into the leased space," Bradner said.

According to Bill Stickles, acting director of MWR Facilities, the new working spaces were based on the needs of each directorate.

“We were bound by certain building requirements,” Stickles noted, “but we wanted to be sure each directorate would not be split up on different floors. This was achieved through the efforts of our designer, Haimanot Abbit.”

As of August 2009, the renovation of building 2265, which will house the Fort Sam Houston Directorate of Information Management and Headquarters IMCOM G6, is halfway completed, with a June 2010 target for completion.

Building 2266, which will house Headquarters IMCOM G1, G5 and IG, began renovation in July, with expected completion by May 2011. It should be mission-ready 60 days later.

Building 2263, home to Army Environmental Command, will begin renovation this October with expected completion by 2011.

Those reporting for duty with AEC this year and next will work in Building 2000, beginning this December, until their new space is ready. This structure was built in 1908 to serve as the installation’s new hospital, replacing the hospital that had been constructed in 1886.

“Each of the buildings has basements where conference rooms, training rooms, locker rooms with showers, and classrooms are being built,” Holley said.

The three-story structure to be built in the middle of these buildings, on the original parade ground, will house the IMCOM Command Group, numbering about 900 people, bringing the total number to 2,400 moving onto the IMCOM campus. Construction will begin in November, with completion by June 2011.

Although not visible when driving by the campus, it will be historically accurate and match the other buildings. A special Army Alternate Procedures agreement outlines more specific management practices to ensure the visual character of the buildings is maintained. Under this agreement, project teams consult regularly with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Texas Historical Commission.

“Renovation projects like these require extraordinary effort because intricate architectural features must be preserved to achieve an appearance that is true to the original designs,” said David Thomas, director of the Joint Program Management Office, which is overseeing the San Antonio BRAC construction and renovation program. “Extra care and diligence are also necessary in carrying out the work because of the delicate state of some of these buildings.”

All of the historic structures require extensive rehabilitation to become suitable for their new tenants. In most cases, existing interior partitions, electrical wiring, plumbing, climate control systems, and interior and exterior lighting fixtures need to be replaced. Stairways, ceilings, wooden floors, structural roof members, interior and exterior doors and windows are also being repaired, refinished or replaced.

“These buildings were meant to last,” Holley said. “The original clay tile roofs will remain as they are, and the stucco on the outside walls, built with cinderblock and brick, only needed a paint job.”

During the 1970s, the Army remodeled the structures as two-man rooms from traditional barracks. The rest of the renovation of these Mediterranean-style buildings will help meet anti-terrorism/force protection requirements, such as blast-proof windows designed to appear as the originals, and the addition of fiberglass “band aids” to the concrete floors designed for “progressive collapse,” among others.

Fort Sam Houston, with construction beginning in 1876, is the ninth oldest Army installation with the most historic structures of any active military installation in America.

“The whole complex is a cultural conservation district,” Holley said. “In addition, nice micro parks will be landscaped between the buildings with Texas vegetation local to this San Antonio river basin, such as Lantana that grows six feet high with yellow flowers, lots of cactus, desert palms, and native live oaks.”

To conserve water, irrigation for the plants will be provided by an underground cistern that captures rain water.

“But the crown jewel will be the renovation of Building 2270 – the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, to its original grandeur,” Holley said. “Built in 1935, this movie theatre is the first one the Army built in the United States.

“On the inside, it looks a whole like the Warner Brothers’ theaters built around the country in the early 1900s. After completion, we’ll hang original film posters throughout,” Holley said. “Even the ticket booth in the front will have a mannequin inside, ready to take your money for the latest show.”

A portion of theatre will be overhauled and the end product will feature a three-story structure with an 80-foot “fly tower” that will accommodate the raising and lowering of stage sets. The first floor will extend the stage, which only will be used as a rehearsal hall. The other floors will house offices and recording studios.

The 1,100-seat theater will be reduced to an 800-seat theater to allow the balcony to hold lighting and sound equipment. A nearby warehouse will be used for construction of sets, theater maintenance and equipment storage.

The MWR Academy will be built in a field behind the IMCOM complex, on the other side of Wilson Street, with parking for 500.

For the entire IMCOM campus there will be 2,100 parking spaces, mostly located along three blocks of Stanley Road, which runs parallel to Wilson.
“All new construction in this campus within the San Antonio river basin will appear the same, architecturally, so there’ll be no mistaking where IMCOM is located,” Holley said.

In the fall of 2011, after the dust settles from yet another upheaval at Fort Sam, the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and the military not only will benefit from a strengthened economy and revitalized neighborhoods, but those who have moved into this historical military city as a result of BRAC will find a sense of community and revitalized spirit.

According to Bradner, the move back onto Fort Sam in 2011 will unite “our Family and we’ll be working side by side supporting the Army Family.
“We’ll probably face a number of challenges during that transition, too, but the end result will be greatly improved efficiency and smoother operations across the board,” Bradner said.

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Impress Your Girlfriend With Your Bluetooth Printing Savvy

Impress Your Girlfriend With Your Bluetooth Printing Savvy

Of course it would need some convincing for the layman to embrace the wonders of owning a Bluetooth printer. If that layman happens to be your girlfriend, how can you impress her with your knowledge of Bluetooth printing? Here are four ideas.

1. Show her how remote Bluetooth printing works. Many laymen hold to the old adage that seeing is believing. If you want your girlfriend to love the wonders of Bluetooth printing as much as you do, then show her how it works.

One way you can do this is to make her work on some document on her laptop while in bed while you set up the printer downstairs. Let her see that all she has to do in order to print that document is to click “Print” and that she does not have to go downstairs to do her printing job.

2. Surprise her with candid photos. Are you fond of watching your girlfriend without her knowing simply because you think she is a wonderful and amazing person? Capture the moments that show how beautiful she is in your eyes by taking snapshots of her with your camera phone.

It does not end there, of course. The next step would be to print out these photos you have taken of her with your Bluetooth printer. You can collate them in an album and then surprise her with it. If she asks you, tell her how you came up with your surprise and even show her how you did it.

3. Collect love messages. The two of you must have told each other how much you love each other over emails and text messages throughout the time you have been together. You know what could be a sweet thing to do with those messages that you have exchanged? Collect them and compile them in a scrapbook.

You can do this by saving all the sweet and fluffy text messages and emails you have on your mobile phone or laptop. Print them out with your Bluetooth printer and lay them out in a tasteful way on a scrapbook. Once you are done, show her one evening when she is feeling romantic and cuddly. Not only will this make her blush and nostalgic at the same time, but it will also help you demonstrate to her how awesome Bluetooth printing is.

4. Print out your completed to-do lists. Women love it when you remember the chores that they ask you to do. Show her that you did just that by printing out your to-do list after you have completed your tasks.

Most smartphones these days have a to-do list feature installed in them. When your girlfriend sends you out on a number of errands, put them on your to-do list and mark them as completed as you go along. After you have done them all, hook your smartphone to your Bluetooth printer and print out a copy of your completed to-do list to show your girlfriend.

This Article is written by John C Arkin from PrintCountry the contributor of Printer Cartridges Blog. More information on the subject is at myofficeportal.org, and related resources can be found at Ink Cartridge Use.

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Liberate Your Printing With a Bluetooth Wireless Printer

Liberate Your Printing With a Bluetooth Wireless Printer

I have been trying to organize my home office lately and one thing that has been bothering me is the messy collection of tangled wires in the corner of my room. Computer wires, printer wires, telephone wires and speaker wires have become all jumbled together. I decided to research ways to stream-line my home office to make it more organized and tidy.

I have heard of Bluetooth technology in the past, as several co-workers have talked enthusiastically about it. I have seen various people walking around with their Bluetooth wireless mobile phones. After listening to me describe my plans to declutter my home office, a good friend of mine mentioned that she had recently purchased a Bluetooth wireless printer and highly recommended it to me.

I was a little skeptical at first, so I decided to conduct my own research. I discovered that there are a variety of Bluetooth products that seem appealing. I could purchase a Bluetooth wireless printer adapter, so that I could access the Bluetooth technology from my existing computer. I was surprised to find out that I can even send messages through my mobile phone to my computer to print papers from my printer.

I’m going to share the information I’m learning with my husband, as he often travels for work and is looking for ways to reduce his work equipment. Professionals can utilize Bluetooth wireless printers while travelling, either at a hotel, conference site, or from their vehicle. Business people can set up their computer and printer anywhere and not be concerned about cables and wires getting in the way. Bluetooth adapters convert different printers to become Bluetooth-ready, which helps business people print files effortlessly.

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Economical Printing For Home Schooling Uses a Lexmark Printer Toner

Economical Printing For Home Schooling Uses a Lexmark Printer Toner

If you produce a large number of prints every day, then you will find that a laser printer is a faster and more economical way of printing than an ink jet printer. The initial cost of the printer and of the toner cartridges is often more, but in the end, the prints are less expensive. Remember, you will need to purchase the toner that matches your printer, and most manufacturers recommend purchasing the same brand toner as your printer. Thus, you will need to buy Lexmark printer toner for your Lexmark printer.

Homeschooling parents often need to make a large number of prints every day. With an ink jet printer it is easy to work your way through a print cartridge in as little as two weeks with all the worksheets, research and reading material that must be printed. At the price for these cartridges, this is not an effective way to produce the quantity of prints that are needed.

In addition to cost, you will find that a laser printer is a quicker way to make the prints that are needed. Even an inexpensive laser printer is faster that a very expensive laser printer.

If cost is a concern, many of the black and white laser printers have dropped in cost so that the initial investment is about the same as a color ink jet printer. You might consider purchase of one of these printers while keeping the jet printer for color prints.

One quality of the laser printer that you will appreciate is that the heat fused toner does not run when wet like ink from an ink jet printer does. This means that you can use the coloring pages that you printed for water coloring. If cooking is a part of your curriculum, then your students can use recipes that have been printed without worry of the print running from little spills. You can even use these prints as iron on transfers for t-shirts that the students color in using permanent or laundry markers for a craft project. Printer toner may be expensive, but can print a lot.

When using toner cartridges, you can also teach environmental responsibility. Most toner manufacturers offer recycling programs. Lexmark toner cartridges may be recycled. Address labels can be printed from the Lexmark website and the cartridges shipped back to the manufacturer for recycling.

If at a later date your child begins to attend public or private school or enrolls in online courses they will appreciate the quality quick prints that are available using the printer. Once again, their water proof character makes them an excellent choice for smudge free papers that can take the moisture of a sudden downpour when waiting for bus or walking to school.

Once you child reaches college level, he or she will appreciate the quick prints that are available for research. Whether printing a course syllabus or a research paper, the printer will not have the student waiting for long periods of time while prints are made.

Be sure to keep a spare Lexmark printer toner on hand so that you are never unable to make prints.

Are you looking for cheap quality ink? No name brands too risky for you? Then perhaps it will be smart to buy Lexmark ink and Brother ink from a reputable online retailer.

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