Original Date: 04/06/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Facility Planning
Many of the facilities at the Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) were built in the early 1940s when the Facility was established to serve as a storage depot for the Army. Since that time, ANAD has transformed into a modern maintenance facility that has earned the reputation as "The Tank Rebuild Center of the World." With more than 2,000 buildings and structures on-site, facility planning focuses on the utilization of existing facilities to meet the needs of the Depot and its tenant activities.
The Depot Commander envisions the Installation’s current and future role, while a Corporate Planning Board made up of the various Directorates and organization heads, formulates, executes, and transforms those visions into reality. Meeting twice a year, the Board reviews and prioritizes the various projects for approval by the Commander. The investment decisions are based on critical needs that affect the environment, safety, security, and overall mission of the Depot. Economic payback is also considered when prioritizing the various projects.
The investment strategy used to fund these projects considers renovation of the existing buildings on-site first. These costs are measured against the costs of a new building with similar capabilities and the flexibility to meet the needs of the current and planned missions of the Depot. If it is determined that the replacement costs of the building are prohibitive without sacrificing quality in the construction, the existing building is renovated, thus providing the biggest “bang for the buck.” One example of this approach resulted in a $9.45 million savings when it was determined that renovation of an existing building would cost $550,000, and the construction of a new building with similar capabilities would cost $10 million. By taking this approach, ANAD continues to perform its mission and, at the same time, finds ways to save the decreasing funding provided for operations.
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