By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $9.5 million firm-fixed price contract Oct. 16 to FutureNet Group, Inc., a small business based in Detroit, Mich., for a new front gate with anti-terrorism and force protection improvements at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, S.C.
"This project will make vast improvements to the traffic congestion experienced by Marines, employees and visitors that come onboard the Depot and those traveling on public roads adjacent to the base," said Lt. Col. Matthew Kolich, deputy assistant chief of staff, installation and logistics at the MCRD. "When the project is completed, visitors should see less traffic congression on Thursday and Friday of graduation weeks."
Parris Island is the larger of two training facilities for the U.S. Marine Corps training approximately 23,000 Marine recruits per year.
In addition to the average 2,600 civilian and permanent party military daily vehicles processed per day, family days and graduation days contribute approximately 2-4,000 additional vehicles for processing through the only gate onto Parris Island.
This project relocates the existing main gate to Horse Island, providing adequate security capabilities for all personnel and vehicular traffic entering and leaving Parris Island and reduce traffic congestion on public highways.
Construction will consist of a new entry control facility on Horse Island that will include roadway relocation paving and construction of a Gate Sentry House facility, four sentry booths, a canopy, and an over-watch station. The new complex will expand the existing traffic configuration and will meet all Department of Defense security standards for an Entry Control Facility.
"The project will widen the existing road from Archer Creek Bridge to the new entrance and will provide four traffic lanes, three incoming and one outgoing, and allow for future expansion to provide an additional outbound lane and traffic slowing traffic patterns before and after the Entrance Control Facility," said Lt. Cmdr. Seth Mangasarian, resident officer in charge of construction. "The new roadways will also feature five-foot wide bike path lanes."
The project will also provide an LED informational sign in front of the new facility, in-ground active vehicle barriers, crash protection barriers, traffic control devices, and raised medians.
"The project is Energy Star qualified and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designated products and materials will be used to the extent practicable in this project," said Mangasarian. "The project will meet LEED rating, if possible, and comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005."
"With the current fiscal uncertainties, our Small Business program is more important than ever," said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "Every contract awarded to a Small Business not only helps our nation's economy, but helps maintain our base of Small Business vendors through these challenging economic times."
Each year NAVFAC establishes target goals for Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and Women-Owned Small Business categories. Smith explained that the maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.
Work is expected to be completed by April 2015.