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Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hands a letter certifying the completion of the Alternate Care Facility the district built in the Miami Convention Center to Kevin Guthrie, Deputy Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The facility provides 450 beds, 50 of them intensive care unit beds, gives the state of Florida medical providers and state emergency managers flexibility as they prepare for a COVID-19 based surge at local and regional medical facilities. Initially, the facility was to be completed by April 27, but the deadline was moved to April 20 after a meeting with the Florida governor identified an expedited need. Even with the shortened deadline, the Corps of Engineers delivered the site early, with the contractor completing construction April 18 and the Corps signing over the facility to the state on April 19.
Leadership from the City of Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gebler, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez of Mayor of Miami-Dade, the Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite brief the press and the people of South Florida on the current outlook of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the work being done at the Miami Beach Convention Center to convert it to an alternate care facility. When complete, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) Alternate Care Facility (ACF) will hold 450 beds, 50 of which will be isolation units and 400 of which will house regular beds. During emergencies, USACE is the federal government's lead public works and engineering support agency. Given its extensive work in building medical facilities for its military stakeholders, it is uniquely qualified to tackle this engineering challenge.
After he took charge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District in 2018, Col. Andrew Kelly charged his team to look for tools that would offer different options for the management of water in Lake Okeechobee during times when harmful algal blooms (HABs) were present.
Col. Kelly writes about the dry-season strategy for management of water in Lake Okeechobee.
Historic oxbows closed near U.S. Highway 98 while Kissimmee River Restoration continues.
The Alligator Flea Beetle is tiny but mighty, and is winning the bio control battle against invasive species.
The Duval County Shore Protection Project was recently recognized by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association as one of the nation’s best restored beaches for 2019! The project includes four beaches that were recognized: Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches, and Hannah Park.
The 2018-2019 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Building Strong®: Serving the Nation and the Armed Forces digital publication is online. It offers readers a comprehensive look at how USACE is serving the nation and the armed forces by Building Strong®.

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From NFL Experience to COVID-19 treatment facility in two months: Jacksonville District transforms Miami Beach Convention Center
4/20/2020
Two months ago, the Miami Beach Convention Center was hosting 80,000 fans for the NFL Experience as part of Super Bowl festivities. The Jacksonville District just finished transforming the center into...
Corps Starts Construction of 450-Bed Alternate Care Facility at Miami Beach Convention Center
4/9/2020
The governor of Florida and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) commanding general met with county and city leaders in Miami Beach Wednesday to discuss construction of an alternate care facility in...
Corps defends against invasive lizards
3/31/2020
Cold-stunned green iguanas, dubbed “chicken of the trees,” made national headlines as they fell from the trees in south Florida during a recent cold snap.News stories and social media helped to raise...
Memo from the Director of Contracting re: COVID-19
3/17/2020
For USACE Contractors, As the Director of Contracting for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, I wanted to personally reach out to all of you and let you know that we are actively monitoring the...

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El Cuerpo de Ingenieros otorga fondos para el dragado de mantenimiento del Puerto de Mayagüez en Puerto Rico
5/22/2020
El Distrito de Jacksonville del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE. UU. (USACE por sus siglas en ingles), otorgó $1.63 millones adicionales, el 21 de mayo, a un contrato emitido previamente a...
Corps awards funding for Mayaguez Harbor maintenance dredging in Puerto Rico
5/22/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District awarded an additional $1.63 million, May 21, to a previously issued contract to Weeks Marine, Inc., for the Arecibo harbor maintenance...
Corps opens public comment on construction of a Dredged Material Management Area in Martin County
5/20/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District opens public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for construction of a...
Corps opens public comment on Broward County Segment II beach renourishment
5/19/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District opens public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the continued...

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