Far East District (FED) Compound
The US Army Corps of Engineers, Far East Engineer District (FED) has a long history of overseeing the design and construction of outstanding quality of life and operational facilities for the Department of Defense community in Korea. The District was designated as the Department of Defense design and construction agent for engineering and construction programs throughout the Republic of Korea. The command included over 350 civilian and 12 military personnel who annually executed a $390 million program supporting the Army, Navy, Air Force, DoD Dependent School System, and other DoD agencies.
On 12 October 2000 the local Choong-Ku municipality requested that the ROK-US SOFA Committee approve the closure of FED's Tongdaemun area compound. Such a move would be the matter of lengthy negotiations likely to take years. Perhaps an office tower at the Army's main Yongsan Garrison would be more appropriate for FED than the current location in the heart of Seoul's fashion district.
In the meantime FED was in the process of selecting a third AE (Architectural Engineering) firm to join Amkor and TJD on the FED compound. In addition, FED was considering a move to "Design/Build" or "Turnkey" contracting. This type of contracting combined designing and building into one bid, instead of using 2, separate contractors.
On 12 October 2000, 10 shovel-wielding dignitaries broke ground for FED's new Motor Vehicle Maintenance Facility, better known as the Motor Pool, on the site of the existing Motor Pool parking lot. FED mechanics would no longer have to work outside during wet or cold months in Korea. The new motor pool building's 5 bay openings would be high and wide enough to accommodate the largest vehicles the in service. The 4-room facility provided approximately 3000 square feet, or 275 square meters, of environmentally and structurally sound floor space enclosed by steel beams on a concrete slab. The old 1950's era Motor Pool facility would be demolished. The new Motor Pool was completed in February 2001 at a cost of $450,000.
As part of the Land Partnership Plan ammendments in 2004 the FED Compound was planned to be returned to the Republic of Korea in 2008. That date was further pushed back thereafter to 2012.
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