SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded a $12.61 million firm-fixed-price task order under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract Oct. 31 to I.E.Pacific Inc. of San Diego to design and construct a security operations complex and military working dog facility at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma.
The new security operations complex will consolidate all military enforcement functions into a dedicated operations control center (OCC).
"Security operations are currently located in an old 1956, unrenovated barracks, which severely limits the interface of the various security departments and functions it houses," said Howard Sweatte, NAVFAC Southwest project manager for this project. "Current OCC operations are housed in a small building adjacent to the existing security operations building that is physically incapable of accommodating any more equipment. Finally, the HVAC system is not sized for the heat output that will result from the electronic equipment needed for the increased monitoring of the F-35 program and the ranges. Current operational spaces are undersized and dark since the existing facility was not designed for operational or administrative purposes."
I.E.Pacific Inc. will design and construct the new security operations facility and military working dog facility (MWDF) on a site of approximately 2.9 acres located in MCAS Yuma and shall incorporate the demolition of existing structures and chain-link fencing.
The security operations facility will incorporate a military police station, complete with reception and customer service area, traffic court space, report writing area, package inspection area, ready issue communication equipment storage, administrative area, an interrogation room with adjacent viewing rooms, a detention area, and Navy-Marine Corps "NEXGEN" Intranet (NMCI) Telecommunications Room. Construction will include an operations control center (OCC), a joint consolidated security area for provost marshal officer (PMO) and fire department dispatch, and administrative areas for the Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and installation security department (ISD).
"The existing kennel facility is severely substandard for the housing and training of the military working dogs as well as being in a noisy and undesirable location, adjacent to the main entry gate, said Sweatte. "Consolidating the kennel with the other security operations is a logical decision from a standpoint of economics, where shared security, fencing, parking and generator facilities are utilized for operational efficiency."
The MWDF will include space and equipment for veterinary care, kennels, an obedience course training yard, and a protective awning.
I.E.Pacific Inc. designed the facility to meet LEED® "Silver" standards. Irrigation will conform to low impact development (LID) standards. Drought-resistant plantings will be used to the maximum extent compatible with an attractive landscape development plan.
Fiscal year 2013 military construction funds were awarded in the amount of $12.61 million on Oct. 31 to IE Pacific. Project is expected to be completed by July 31, 2015.