BOSS-Kyle Esannano-Olan

Kyle Esannano-Olano inspects the BOSS headquarters facility Aug. 28 at Fort Hoods. The renovated 4,200-square foot facility will serve as a retreat for off-duty Soldiers and is complete with a computer lab, Wi-Fi capabilities, a theater room and other amenities to enhance Soldier morale, mental resiliency and mental fitness (Courtesy photo)

Personnel from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Hood contracting office and the Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works met recently for the final inspection of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers headquarters, prior to its opening at Fort Hood Friday.

The newly renovated 4,200-square foot headquarters facility will serve as a retreat for off-duty Soldiers and is complete with a computer lab with Wi-Fi, a theater room and other amenities to enhance Soldiers morale, mental resiliency and mental fitness.

The facility highlighted a partnership between MICC-Fort Hood and DPW officials and their ongoing installation construction projects and service requirements at Fort Hood.

For its part, the MICC-Fort Hood contracting office issued a contract in the amount of $924,508 to renovate the facility, which included the reconfiguration of walls, replacement of ceilings and floors and an upgrade to lighting fixtures and controls. Also included were multiple architectural features and treatments to improve the overall aesthetics of the facility.

“This project highlights the results of our working relationship with our Fort Hood community partners and shows our intent to forge strategic alliances, synchronize and integrate our premier contracting operations and optimize Soldier and family readiness,” Aundair Kinney, the director of the contracting office, said.

The partnership consisted of a teaming approach with the requirements and sourcing execution. The DPW worked in concert with contracting to ensure a successful solution for the young Soldiers using the BOSS facility.

“We enjoy a good working relationship with MICC Fort Hood, which provides an excellent way of contracting for construction projects like this one,” Brian Dosa, director of the Fort Hood DPW, said. The pre-award design, coordination and project oversight is done with our government employees, saving costly overhead costs. In this case MICC helped make this award to a small business HUB-Zone contractor that completed the project on-time and to standard.”

“Both partners understood this was for the enhancement of Soldiers’ well-being during their recreational time,” Kinney said.

MICC-Fort Hood acquisition personnel provided contract administration to ensure delivery was within the contract terms and conditions.

The contractor was required to provide a superintendent, a project manager and quality control manager through completion of the project. Regular meetings were held amongst the contracting activity, DPW and the contractor to monitor and ensure the project stayed on track.

BOSS is a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program for single Soldiers. This program is Soldier-driven, with a foundation in giving single service members an avenue to surface issues and recommend policy changes that will enhance the overall quality of life, participate in recreation and leisure activities of their choice and contribute to and participate in their local communities. This program provides an opportunity to assist in the development of single Soldiers and leaders.