JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $7.8 million firm-fixed-price contract Sept. 19 to Desbuild Incorporated (a small business) out of Hyattsville, Maryland, for construction of a new fire station located in Sigsbee Park Annex at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, Florida.
The new facility will replace the existing Trumbo Point Annex fire station, located inside a 1940’s World War II seaplane hangar, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017.
"I'm very happy that the contract for a new fire station has been awarded," said NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Sohaney. "Not only will it provide our fire and emergency services team with a proper station for them to live and work in, it will be located in a place where the largest portion of our military and civilian families live, which makes the most sense."
The fire station will support operations at Trumbo Point Annex, Fleming Key and Sigsbee Park, all of which include a Navy Research Lab, Special Forces underwater operations, military housing and community support facilities.
The fire station will provide fire protection for building structures, brush fires, and support fire protection education and training.
Construction plans call for a one-story fire and rescue station, approximately 7,438 square feet in size. The facility will include administrative areas, single-occupancy rooms for firefighters, restrooms, showers, kitchen, break room, laundry and apparatus bays.
Three NAS Key West Fire Stations are in service providing support to the local community under a Mutual Aid Agreement for fire department services, along with the surrounding military facilities.
Small businesses play a vital role in the American economy - employing half of our country's workforce, creating nearly two out of every three new American jobs, and often being the source of the next great American innovation. NAVFAC Southeast strives to meet its goals and build on its successes by providing contract opportunities to these businesses.
Each year NAVFAC establishes target goals for Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business (HUBZONE), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Women-Owned Small Business categories. Utilizing these small business concerns to the maximum extent practicable is a matter of National interest with both social and economic benefits.
“NAVFAC Southeast invests in small businesses to support our national defense,” said Cory Iselin NAVFAC Southeast assistant deputy director for Small Business. “Small businesses fuel the American dream, which grows the local and federal economies that ultimately strengthen the warfighter.”
Iselin explained that small businesses provide construction, professional and supported services expertise that support the Navy’s mission and the men and women in uniform. It is through strong policy and sound business processes that NAVFAC is able to develop capabilities based strategies that consider program risks, cost, schedule and technical requirements that help meet the expectations of supported commanders while supporting public policy objectives.
The work is expected to be completed by Jan 2021.