Jacksonville, Fla. - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $13.7 million contract June 19 to Head, Inc., a small business based in Columbus, Ohio, for the repair of the airfield at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans.
The contract provides for the repair of the NAS JRB New Orleans airfield pavement of the main runway (Runway 4/22) and the taxiways associated with that runway. The contract also contains seven unexercised options, which if exercised would increase the value of the contract to nearly $20 milion.
“The airfield at NAS JRB New Orleans supports numerous aviation missions, including two Navy Reserve fixed wing squadrons, a U.S.M.C. helicopter air group, a Louisiana Air National Guard Fighter Wing with a Homeland Defense mission, and the U.S. Coast Guard,” said NAS JRB New Orleans Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Micah Kiletico.
The runways, taxiways, and parking aprons are critical for the safe execution of their air
operation missions and the airfield pavements must be maintained to protect
against pavement failure and engine ingestion of foreign object damage (FOD).
“Without this project, all airfield sections will continue to degrade, increasing the safety
risks to pilots and aircraft due to FOD,” said Kiletico.
Loss of the main runway would have a devastating mission impact to all NAS JRB New Orleans assigned squadrons. NAS JRB New Orleans also has a large cargo capability that can be used to support future logistical disaster recovery operations. Without repairs, that capability would be in jeopardy.
“This contract award is most timely,” said Kiletico. “These repairs will ensure NAS JRB New Orleans will be able to support critical air operations for years to come.”
The contract award includes repairing the wearing surface by milling the pavement and applying an asphalt overlay, partial or full depth concrete replacement depending on the need, shallow and deep asphalt repair, again dependent on requirement, replacement of joint sealant, crack sealing, and seal coating of the asphalt pavement. Drainage along some of the taxiways will also be repaired.
The contract also includes pavement demolition, temporary removal of arresting gear, debris disposal, grading, settlement monitoring, concrete pavement repairs, asphal tpaving repairs, pavement striping, resealing asphalt, runway light repairs, grounding light can repairs and other work as provided in the contract.
The options, if exercised, provide for additional airfield repairs to the airfield power check jet, arming and de-arming pads, an apron at Hangar 439, access apron at Hangar 4, Runway 14/32, and an additional access apron.
Work is expected to be completed by February 2015.