By Sue Brink, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
JACKSONVILLE, N,C, (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $9 million contract Sept. 26 to TEAM Construction, LLC, a small business entity based in Jacksonville, N.C., for renovation of the Second Battalion Recruit Training Barracks Building 599 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, S.C.
"This project will provide reliable, well maintained facilities and allow us to focus on developing highly trained, basic Marines without the distractions or safety concerns associated with operating from a facility near the end of its useful life," said Recruit Training Regiment Commanding Officer Col. Daniel Haas.
The work to be performed includes the complete renovation of a barracks building which includes concrete crack and spall repair, exterior brick repair, sealant replacement, interior finishes, door replacement, restroom and shower replacement, and mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical upgrades.
"This is the first major renovation to the training barracks since they were built in the late 1960's," said Facilities Maintenance Architect Dave Woodward at MCRD Parris Island. "The trainees will now have modern newly renovated showers and toilet facilities complete with new pipes and fixtures."
The upgrades will bring 25 years of new life to the building.
"The biggest improvement the recruits will notice will be upgrades to the ventilating units in the shower and toilet areas," said Woodward.
Other modifications that were just completed include the addition of solar water heating which has reduced energy usage.
Woodward explained that there will not be any downtime during the entire renovation and business will go on as usual for the Marines.
"I look forward to seeing the renovation of Building 599," said Haas.
This project is one of the many projects awarded to small businesses.
"I am glad that we are able to reach out to our small business partners with projects like this one," said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "Every contract awarded to a small business helps to keep our nation's economy rolling."
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 September 2015.