Military Program Overview

The Baltimore District has a robust, multi-state and multi-installation military construction program. We have many ongoing projects with more planned for award and groundbreaking. We will continue building projects that support Soldiers and our interagency partners at installations in our area of responsibility.

The District supports our service members through a military design, engineering and construction management program for 15 military installations in Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Facility projects include design and construction of administrative spaces, medical and laboratory facilities, training facilities, childcare centers, and barracks.

Overall, the District delivers Architect-Engineer-Construction and Program and Project Management services across the life cycle of these facilities. We provide our military stakeholders with quality facilities that meet mission needs and are in compliance with laws, regulations, budgets and local permitting requirements. In addition, our projects are often technically complex and both high-value and highly visible.

Under the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005, the Baltimore District was responsible for renovations and new construction for expanding installations in the region. The District successfully completed $4.2 billion worth of projects at Fort Belvoir in Virginia; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick and Fort Meade in Maryland; and in Pennsylvania at the Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland, Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg and at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The District successfully completed this historic BRAC mission, and now continues to support our customers with budgets that are leaner but no less important for military construction.

The District’s Interagency and International Services (IIS), located in Programs and Project Management Division-Military, supports non-Department of Defense federal agencies and others. Currently, the District is performing multiple projects on Joint Base Andrews including taxiway and facility improvements, dormitory repairs, and repairs to runway drainage systems.

In addition, our Planning Division provides technical expertise to assist military installations in Maryland in reducing their nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment discharges to meet EPA guidelines. This work supports continuing, multi-agency (state and federal) work in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.  

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, Maryland. Established in 1917, it covers 72,500 acres and is the Army’s oldest active proving ground.  The Baltimore District supports its over 60 tenant units including: the U.S. Research, Development and Engineering Command, the Army Test and Evaluation Command Headquarters, and the Public Health Command. It is a center for Army materiel testing, laboratory research and military training. As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act, the District performed construction work worth over $1 billion. Currently, the district is finishing construction on the $280 million U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense in the APG Edgewood area. It opened 2015 with phased occupancy throughout 2016. In October 2015, officials from the Corps and Defense Health Affairs broke ground on the new $248 million Public Health Center laboratory replacement in the APG Edgewood area. Other key projects include the 20th CBRNE Command and Control facility, an Army Reserve Center, and the Electromagnetic Interference Facility.

Adelphi Laboratory Complex, Md.

The 185-acre installation is located in Adelphi, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., and is part of the Army Research Laboratory. The Center provides research, effects simulation, electronic equipment development, engineering services and other operations for the Army. As requested, the Baltimore District serves as the design and construction agent for new or renovated facilities and infrastructure. The current support is a $1 million facility upgrade.


Fort Detrick, Md.

Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland, covers approximately 1,200 acres and is divided among three areas. Area A is the largest and is the Baltimore District’s primary construction area. The Forest Glen Annex, in Silver Spring, Md., also falls under the operational control of Fort Detrick. The current Baltimore District design/construction program is approximately $800 million and features the $677 million U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases facility. This is the only Department of Defense high-containment biological laboratory, and it will be the cornerstone of the National Interagency Biodefense Campus. The balance of the projects cover multiple organizations (four cabinet-level agencies) focusing on advanced bio-medical research and development, medical materiel management, and long-haul telecommunications for the White House, Defense Department and other governmental agencies. 

Fort Meade, Md.

Located near Odenton, Maryland, along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Fort Meade provides a base of support for numerous strategic, tactical and support organizations. The installation provides support and services for more than 78 partner organizations including the National Security Agency and the Asymmetric Warfare Group (ASW) Complex. In 2016, the District completed the $35 million renovation and expansion of the Defense Information School. Other major work includes constructing two electrical utility plants, the $38 million ASW Complex, a $29 million chiller plant upgrade, and $38 million in building renovations and upgrades.


Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Often called "The Gateway to the Nation's Capitol," Andrews is where not only our own military and government leaders but kings, queens, and prime ministers and military leaders from more than 50 nations fly in and out of as the travel to the National Capital Region.  Home to Air Force, Navy, Marine, Army and Civil Air Patrol units, approximately 13,000 people, including active duty, guard and reserve personnel and their families, civilian employees, and contractors live and/or work at Andrews, performing both routing and exceptional duties. As requested, the Baltimore District serves as the design and construction agent for renovated facilities and infrastructure. Current support include building upgrades, dormitory renovations, taxiway improvements, and a $34 million drainage repair project.

Fort Belvoir, Va.

Fort Belvoir encompasses over 8,600 acres, primarily along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, as well as satellite locations within Springfield, Alexandria and Charlottesville.  Fort Belvoir's reach is worldwide because of the more than 45,000 military personnel, federal employees, contractors and volunteers who work there every day to fulfill the missions of more than 145 defense organizations.  Under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act, USACE districts within the North Atlantic Division collectively supported the successful design and construction of facilities valued at over $3 billion to provide new facilities supporting the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the Washington Headquarters Service (WHS at the Mark Center - Alexandria), the Missile Defense Agency, the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, the Joint-Use Intelligence Analysis Facility (Rivanna Station - Charlottesville) and many infrastructure improvements to accommodate the influx of workers.Current projects include a $6.5 million fire station at Fort Belvoir South; an $88 million secure administration and operations facility; more than $43 million in renovations to bldgs. 3245 and 3246; building the NGA parking lot for $6.2 million; renovating bldg. 1417 for just under $6 million, and replacing the roof on the DLA headquarters building for $4.7 million. Several of these projects will be completed in 2016.Now, the Corps office at Fort Belvoir is working on projects at the Pentagon. They are designing and constructing two new vehicle and personnel access control points to replace temporary facilities. 


Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., and Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall provides installation services and support to military members, civilians, retirees and their families at Fort Myer and Henderson Hall in Virginia. On Fort Myer, the District is replacing and repairing the water distribution system ($156,000) and renovating the historic barracks facility ($23.5 million) to bring it into compliance with the Army's Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing project.  On Fort McNair, the District supports the Military District of Washington and the Joint Forces Headquarters/National Capital Region (NCR) to facilitate deployment of forces for Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities in the NCR.  Fort McNair is a 100-acre U.S. Army post located on the peninsula at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Current projects include a $10 million vehicle storage building, more than $2.2 million in facility renovations, updating classrooms at National Defense University ($2.2 million), and a unique project to repair the installation’s seawall in a $2.4 million project. 

DLA Distribution - Susquehanna, Pa.

Located in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, the DLA Distribution - Susquehanna covers approximately 850 acres. Its multiple missions include the distribution of military and commercial repair parts, clothing and textiles, medical supplies and industrial and electronic components to military customers in the United States and around the world.  Under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act, the District constructed two general purpose warehouses for $64 million with 570,000 square feet of storage capacity. In 2015, Corps and DLA officials cut the ribbon on a new $25 million general purpose warehouse that replaced two World War 1-era facilities. Current work includes the $83 million regional Defense Logistics Agency headquarters (opening in 2016), upgrading access control points ($17 million), replacing the communications building ($12 million) and replacing the installation wastewater treatment plant ($10 million).

Other Pennsylvania Installations

Carlisle Barracks, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is approximately 400 acres and is managed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to support the Army War College and other agencies. The district currently has a $208,000 renovation project in bldg. 650. At Fort Indiantown Gap, the district team is working a unique project to convert the installation boiler plant from fuel oil to natural gas in a $651,000 project.      



Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) is located near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. At over 19,000 acres, it is the number one provider of air defense and tactical missile system support for the Department of Defense and foreign allies. LEAD is DoD’s only organic solution for one-stop service for tactical missile maintenance, modification and integration. The Baltimore District is completing the $14 million Component Rebuild Facility and working on a $1.2 million roof repair.


Support to the Intelligence Community

The Baltimore District provides real estate, design and construction services to our Nation’s classified community. These services support an ever-growing list of emerging security requirements including cybersecurity and homeland security that engage sensitive information, serve the warfighter, and ultimately, protect the Nation.

Interagency and International Services (IIS)


Based on the authority of the “Economy in Government Act,” the Baltimore District is assisting other government agencies when requested at the federal, state and local levels, with various projects. These agencies are our Interagency and International Services (IIS) customers.

Using our engineering and construction expertise,the Baltimore District provides the full range of support services to deliver engineering and construction support to assist with the mission of our IIS customers.  We form a partnership with these agencies to support their programming, engineering, construction, real estate acquisition, contracting and construction management functions. To accomplish this, the Baltimore District also relies on partnerships with various private sector firms including architects, engineers, construction and management professionals.

A current customer is the project for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency at Harpers Ferry, Va.  The $53 million project will construct dormitories and a conference center with 173,000 square feet of facilities for the Advanced Training Center. Construction began in early 2014.

The areas serviced by our IIS Program is shown on the map at the right. Some recent and current customers supported in the field of new construction, renovation/modernizations and maintenance, and environmental projects are:

American Battle Monuments Commission

Architect of the Capitol

Federal departments including Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Renewal, Interior, Justice, Transportation, Veterans Affairs Environmental Protection Agency


Office of Personnel Management

Maryland State Highway Administration

National Park Service

State of Delaware

Susquehanna River Basin Commission



Korean War Veterans Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Fort Detrick officials opened the new Nallin Farm Gate to the workforce and public on Friday, April 10. The long-awaited opening added a modern entrance to the garrison that is experiencing growth in its missions. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, built the $11 million project that includes a state-of-the-art installation entry control point, a design that meets current anti-terrorism/force protection standards, and a new visitor control center.
Geologist Ethan Weikel points to the miniature heater in the ground-source heat pump system he developed. Weikel's system, housed in a portable ice chest, gives engineers a more mobile and less costly way to measure the heat transfer capabilities in the earth. His work earned him the 2015 USACE Innovation of the Year award.
Resident Engineer Jeff McMaster briefs Kazuhiro Watanabe, Japanese Ministry of Defense director general for facilities and installation, on the construction progress at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick on Nov. 18. The two-hour tour moved throughout the huge facility with McMaster highlighting design, materials and construction processes. The seven-person MOD delegation is visiting several Army and Navy military construction projects.
Lt. Col. Michael Ruppert, deputy district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, brings opening remarks at the Oct. 22, 2015, groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Army Public Health Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
Key military and government leaders joined local political figures in an official ribbon cutting ceremony of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense Sept. 15. The new institute consolidates USAMRICD’s capabilities into one single facility of more than 500,000 square feet resting on 24 acres located on the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, officials examine the supplemental two milliion gallon water storage tank on Fort Detrick, Md.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, is working with officials at Fort Detrick, Md., on a new entrance near Nallin Pond.
Susan Lewis, Chief, Real Estate Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, joins Golnar Abedin, Creative Minds International, in completing the 10-year lease for this public charter school to use property on the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.
Master Sgt. Antonio Giuliano, U.S. Army Band vocalist, provides a stirring a cappella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Sept. 18 Old Post Chapel ribbon cutting ceremony at Fort Myer, Va.
The family of now Maj. David MacPhail pin on his new rank insignia during his May 1, 2015, promotion ceremony. A career officer, he helped manage the construction of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, while serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District.
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases will feature a several story glass panel entryway to allow more sunlight into the facility.
Senior defense leaders open the first building at the Intelligence Community Campus Bethesda
The Water Treatment Plant is under repair to upgrade an aging facility. It will modernize its infrastructure to improve its connections with Frederick County in preparation to meet future demand. The plant automates previously manual operations such as backwashing filters and adjusting treatment chemical flow rates.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and international contractors finished construction a water diversion tunnel under the runway at Bagram airbase in May 2014. The tunnel diverted significant spring runoff from nearby mountains and enabled flight operations to continue unimpeded by airfield flooding.
Construction workers proudly hang the American flag on the final piece of structural steel on the new DLA headquarters building at Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna on Apr. 9.