CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea—Many troops and personnel have relocated or have recently reported directly to Camp Humphreys, South Korea from Seoul as a part of the Yongsan Relocation Program.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District (FED) has been instrumental in facilitating much of the development that has occurred at Camp Humphreys, which has grown to become the largest military base outside of the United States.
A much anticipated project by the community here has been the Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital. The construction progress of this medical facility has had several delays, but is currently in its final stage of development.
“Currently the hospital is at about 98% of completion,” said Elisa Beck, FED medical resident office project engineer.
Beck became the lead of the project when she arrived at the medical resident office at Camp Humphreys in June 2017. She has seen the project grow from 70% completed to its current 98% due to her team’s diligence and the contractor’s hard work.
“Some of the critical items during my time was the installation and the construction of the MRI [medical resonance imaging] room,” said Beck. “We had to do a lot of coordination with 65th Medical Brigade which is the end user. “Once the MRI was delivered we had to make modifications in order to get it into its area.”
As previously stated, the last year has seen a rapid progression in construction progress. Beck explained that it was critical to have this facility ready for military members and their families who reside in Korea.
“It was a lot of responsibility on my back,” said Beck. “But it’s very rewarding to see the progress we’ve made on the hospital. It’s very rewarding to see the customer happy, and personally rewarding because it was a challenging project.”
Prior to becoming the resident engineer for the medical facility, Beck said there were negative rumors about the status of the hospital. She added with construction just about finished and the opening of the hospital next year she is confident the quality of the facility will speak for itself.
“I think that once the project is complete, those negative perceptions will go away,” said Beck. “I think it’s a high quality facility. That’s what counts.”
Beck said the community will be pleasantly surprised at the great work that has been placed into its construction.
“Quality has been the focus since day one,” said Beck. “We’re very proud of being a part of this project.”