Defense Media Activity

Owner: U.S. Department of Defense

General Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction

Electrical Contractor: Star Electric

Engineer: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project: Mission critical backup power for the state-of-the-art Defense Media Activity HQ at Ft. Meade

Solution: MTU Onsite Energy 2,500kW Series 4000 diesel genset with custom enclosure and day tank system and (4) ASCO 7000 Series automatic transfer switches

Completed: 2011

Mission critical backup power for the state-of-the-art Defense Media Activity HQ at Ft. Meade

The Defense Media Activity was created by the 2005 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Act. The agency consolidates the Army Soldiers Media Center, Naval Media Center, the Marine Corps News, Air Force News Agency and the American Forces Information Service, Stars and Stripes newspaper, Army Broadcasting Service and the Defense Information School into a single Department of Defense field activity. 

The state-of-the art 185,000-square-foot headquarters building was built by Hensel Phelps Construction Company, which was awarded the $56 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in March 2009.

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