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New Youth Center for Army Kids

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on January 3, 2012

Almost open for business – new youth center at Army’s Fort Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Department of Defense)

A youth activities center built with $7.5 million in Recovery funds is nearing completion at Hunter Army Airfield, at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

The shell and exterior of the facility were finished in June; since then, workers have been concentrating on the interior, particularly the framing and painting in addition to installation of the tile flooring, carpet, electrical wiring, ductwork, and doors.

The center will offer a range of physical, educational, and social activities, both indoor and outdoor for up to 135 children, ages 11 to 18.  The facility includes a fully equipped gym as well as offices for counseling.

Tampa-based J2 Engineering Inc. is the prime contractor.

Photo of the Week: High Spectral Resolution Lidar

Posted in Photo of the Week, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on December 21, 2011
High Spectral Resolution Lidar

Photo contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by ARM Climate Research Facility

The laser from the high spectral resolution lidar (right) lights up the sky. The HSRL provides calibrated measurements of aerosol optical depth, backscatter, cross section, and depolarization. It was purchased through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The micropulse lidar can also be seen on the left.

Picture courtesy of Jon Gero.

Navy’s Biggest Recovery Project is On Land

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on December 13, 2011

The Department of the Navy’s largest Recovery funded project is a new hospital under construction at Camp Pendleton on the California coast.  When completed in January 2014, the hospital will support approximately 151,000 active duty and retired military personnel and their families.

The 500,000 square-foot facility will include:

  • Inpatient services
  • Emergency care
  • Primary care
  • Specialty care

The $394 million contract was awarded to the Costa Mesa firm Clark/McCarthy, which in turn has engaged the services of 49 sub-recipients. The new hospital replaces one constructed in 1969.

As of the end of September, 2011 work on the foundation, including installation of below-ground mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, was complete. Workers are now erecting the structural steel for the seven-story building.

Helping Warriors Come Home

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on December 7, 2011

Fort Campbell Drawing

The last phase of a $32 million Recovery-funded housing facility for wounded soldiers and their families was recently completed at the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The new Warriors in Transition Barracks (WTB) includes 206 beds in apartment-like modules with bathrooms and kitchenettes.

WTBs are housing complexes designed to help recuperating service men and women who no longer require hospital care but still need a healing environment. Their families are also able to live with them.

Clark Caddell JV of Tampa, Florida, received $25 million in Recovery funds for constructing the Fort Campbell barracks. Nationview, LLC, a small business in Birmingham, Alabama, received $7 million for constructing the administration and operations facilities.

Another WTB built with Recovery funds was opened in June at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Recovery Funded Cheyenne River Health Center to Open in December

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards, Tribal News by Recovery.gov on November 30, 2011

HHS LogoThe newly constructed Cheyenne River Health Center in South Dakota, is a 138,542 square foot facility that will provide health services for 9,300 American Indians. The hospital was built with $84.5 million from the Recovery Act, broke ground in May 2008 and is set to open in December.  The facility replaces the former Eagle Butte Indian Health Services (IHS) Hospital, which was unable to meet the needs of the community. New staff quarters for health care providers are also being built as part of this project.

The Recovery Act has provided $500 million through the IHS for the construction of priority health care facilities, building maintenance and improvement, water and wastewater sanitation projects, the purchase of medical equipment and health information technology.  IHS projects include, the replacement of the Eagle Butte Health Center and also the Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome, Alaska. The new facility in Nome will serve 10,000 Alaska Native spread across 44,000 miles. Together the projects have been funded with $227 million in Recovery Act funds.

You can learn more about this project by visiting the HHS website.

View a description of quarterly activities related to the construction of the Cheyenne River Health Center, or see the recipient summary for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Targeting a Health Threat

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on November 22, 2011

Insulin BottleDiabetes afflicts nearly 24 million Americans, and another 79 million have an increased risk for the disease. It is the seventh leading cause of death among all Americans and is a major cause of other deadly diseases. Annual healthcare costs associated with diabetes total $174 billion.

Because of these concerns, the Department of Health and Human Services has provided more than $500 million in Recovery Act funds to universities, hospitals, and related institutions to conduct research into diabetes. The goals are two-fold:

  • Increase understanding of causes and treatments of the disease
  • Invest in health information technology that can lead to better and more efficient care and prevention

Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 90 percent of all cases. Two Recovery funded research projects – by University of Michigan and University of Virginia, respectively – are exploring the genetics of diabetes:

  • A study building on recent discoveries of common genetic variants that contribute to type 2 diabetes
  • A study to identify genetic contributors to diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in African Americans, who are at elevated risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease

HHS, Diabetes and the Recovery Act

Traffic Eased in Fresno California with New Stretch of Expressway

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards, State News by Recovery.gov on November 21, 2011

Kings Canyon ExpresswayThe California Department of Transportation recently announced completion of a new six-mile stretch of expressway for the southeast area of Fresno.

The $68 million project, paid for in part with $18 million of Recovery funds, added a four-lane section of highway to Kings Canyon Expressway, also known as State Route 180 East – a heavily congested traffic artery connecting different parts of Fresno County.

“The route serves as the primary agricultural goods movement corridor in eastern Fresno County and is of growing importance for commute travel from the surrounding rural areas and neighboring communities to the Fresno metropolitan area,” says California DOT.

The new expressway “will significantly reduce traffic congestion,” the agency adds.

Recovery funded transportation activity in California

Renovating the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on November 3, 2011

Reflecting Pool Under Construction

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool – a popular site for tourists in the nation’s capital – is undergoing a $31 million renovation thanks to a Recovery award from the Department of the Interior. Prime contractor Corman Construction of Annapolis, MD, has removed leaking concrete slabs on the bottom of the pool and is installing a new water circulation system and new storm drains. Nearly 108,000 square feet of surrounding walkways will also be improved. Work is expected to continue into 2012.

You can see quarterly activities reported by the recipient and more information about this project by visiting the Award Summary.

Project Spotlight – High Speed Internet Improvements in Eastern Colorado

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on November 1, 2011


Recipient: Plains Cooperative Telephone Association, Inc.

Award Amount: $1,672,080

The recipient reported that these Recovery funds would be used to:

  • Update facilities to offer high speed internet to 13 remote communities in Eastern Colorado.

The majority of this proposed funded service area is farm and ranch land. Within the area there are 1,096 households, 272 businesses, and 42 critical community facilities including 5 schools, 1 medical facility, 10 public safety entities, 4 community support organizations, and 22 government facilities. The project will cover 1,974 square miles (an area larger than the state of Delaware) with 1,000 miles of fiber optic cable.

The recipient reported that as of 9/30/2011:

  • Engineering and tabulations on the Eastern half of the project were almost finalized
  • The contract for the IP routing equipment was approved, ordered, delivered and is in the process of being installed
  • Negotiations with the chosen equipment vendor have been completed
  • Boring of the state highways on the Western half of the project has started
  • Fiber is scheduled to be shipped the third week in November
  • Construction is set to begin the first week in December

Project Status: Less than 50% complete

To see how funds were distributed between the project’s prime and sub recipients and to learn more about the project check out the Project Summary or enter your zip code to find Recovery projects near you.

Guadalupe River Project Wraps Up

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on October 19, 2011

Photo by: USACE Sacramento District

Construction of a new railroad bridge funded by the Recovery Act in San Jose, California is almost complete. The new bridge will replace an older lower bridge that blocked floodwater and often caused the Guadalupe River to flood and is scheduled to be completed in November 2011.  This is the last piece of  a decades-long U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project to reduce flood risk for the city.

Visit the USACE Sacramento District Flickr page to view photos of the project’s progress as of October 5, 2011.

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