Q: How are the medical unit costs of construction developed?
A: The medical unit costs of construction as published in UFC 3-701-xx are based on projects bid or awarded within the last three (3) years. Projects are normalized using standard DoD methodology as outlined in UFC 3-701-xx for the area cost factor, sizing factor, escalation to the mid-point of construction, supporting facilities, and adjustments for special design features.
Q: How often are the medical unit costs of construction updated?
A: All medical unit costs are updated annually to coincide with the annual update of UFC 3-701-xx. In the past, the Tri-Service Cost Engineering Steering Committee meets each November to update UFC 3-701-xx; therefore, the medical unit costs are vetted within the medical community prior to the Tri-Service meeting.
Q: What is PACES?
A: PACES stands for Parametric Cost Engineering System. It is a software tool owned by AECOM to create cost estimates early in the programming and design phase of a project. A cost estimate requires as little as few parameters: location, facility type (model type), and facility size. Estimates can be tailored to specific information about the project site and facility requirements. Baseline models are developed from 100% designed projects with 100% cost estimates. Each facility model is composed of pre-defined Functional Space Areas (FSA/departments) composed of various building systems (architectural, mechanical, electrical, etc.), and building shell systems (structural, architectural, mechanical, etc.). The software premise is that a cost estimate for a community hospital (model type) at installation A of size X (the baseline model) can be proportioned to installation B of size Y. The model makes engineering adjustments based on the number of floors, changes to the building shell size and material selection, soil conditions, weather conditions to size heating/air conditioning loads, and changes to the mix/density of FSAs.
Q: What medical models are available within PACES?
A: DoD's medical models include the following: ambulatory healthcare facility, community hospital, dental clinic, health/dental clinic, troop aid station, and troop medical clinic. The Department of Veteran's Affairs and Centers for Disease Control have also created medical and or medical research facility models.
Q: How can I access the Military Standard 1691 cut sheet catalog?
A: In order to access the Military Standard 1691 cut sheet catalog, you must have a .mil domain. If you have a .mil domain, use this URL: https://ms1691.tma.osd.mil/MS1691MainMenu.htm. If you do not have a .mil domain i.e. such as, .com, .net etc, you must access the Military Standard 1961 cut sheet catalog via the Construction Criteria Bulletin (CCB).
Q: How many clinics and hospitals does the DoD have?
A: As of 12/2009 the count for medical healthcare facilities is:
- Hospital Facilities – 59
Medical Clinic Facilities – 364
Dental Clinic Facilities – 282
Veterinary Facilities – 288
Q: How do I get the current Facility Sustainment Model (FSM), Facility Requirement Model (FRM), Facilities Operation Model (FOM) data?
A: Enter the DUSD(I&E) Facility Program Requirements Suite (FPRS) website by using Internet Explorer – entering http://www.acq.osd.mil/ie/fprs.shtml.
Registration instructions are provided on the DUSD(I&E) FPRS website.
OSD's budget models (FXM) is found on I&E's website: http://www.acq.osd.mil/ie/fim/realestate_installation/index.shtml
Q: What is CIDM?
A: Where can I find the current and past Defense Medical MILCON programs? (http://comptroller.defense.gov/Budget2011.html) Look for "Defense Wide Budget Documentation" under "Links to Budget Materials", then "Military Construction", and finally "TRICARE Management Activity (TMA)".
Q: Can I view project data on MIPITS?