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SCF Prototype “Invisible Wounds” Facility to the Air Force

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SES Construction and Fuel Services LLC (SCF) designed and constructed an Invisible Wound Center (IWC) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. As the first of its kind for the Air Force, the IWC is a state-of-the-art prototype facility that will provide outpatient healthcare services for patients with complex medical conditions, including traumatic brain injury, behavioral health, chronic pain and related conditions. In addition, the facility is modular and can be relocated to other bases as needed. The result is a transportable set of buildings that meet hurricane force structural requirements and serve to provide critical care services to our wounded warriors.

The contract for the prototype for the IWC included the design, construction, and provision of furniture, fixtures and equipment for the 18,467 gross square foot clinic in just 365 calendar days. The new facility includes treatment rooms, an administration area, reception and waiting room, a breakroom, a training/demonstration kitchen, a musical therapy room, an art room, and a physical therapy gym. Constructed on an existing asphalt parking lot, the IWC consists of 24 modules joined together to create a facility with more than 80 rooms.

Because the facility is located in an area of the country threatened by hurricanes, the steel and wood frame modules were designed to withstand 150 mph wind loads.

The facility opened on August 8, 2018. Three Air Force generals have inspected this fast-tracked, high-profile project, which the Air Force intends to place throughout their bases at home and overseas.
The project was managed from SCF’s office at Fort Walton Beach, which was established in 2017 to provide construction services at nearby Eglin and other military bases along Florida’s Emerald Coast on the Gulf of Mexico.