By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a nearly $5 million contract Aug. 22 to Old Veteran Construction Inc., a small business in Chicago, Ill., for the design and construction of a Reserve Training Center (RTC) and administrative facility at Marine Corps RTC in Belton, Missouri.
"The new Home Training Center will have a significant impact on the welfare and training of the Marines of Combat Logistics Regiment 4 headquarters, and represents a marked improvement over our existing facilities," said Lt. Col. Michael Myersl, Combat Logistics Regiment 4 regimental inspector-instructor.
The existing Reserve Center operations are currently located in facilities that are nearly 60 years old. Built in 1954 for the U.S. Air Force, they are not appropriately configured for a Marine Corps Reserve Center. The office areas are not designed to accommodate modern office and communications equipment and there is inadequate armory and storage space.
The award provides for the construction of a new 55,366 square-foot facility that will include a specially constructed weapons storage area, covered weapons cleaning area, assembly hall, classrooms, locker and shower rooms, training rooms, storage spaces, a medical office, and administrative offices.
"The consolidation of functional areas and improvement in work spaces will facilitate the operational capabilities of the Regiment in the long run," said Myers.
The project will provide proper security and force protection distances from public roadways and a proper fire suppression system for the facilities.
The contract also provides for construction of a tactical vehicle parking/storage area, paved access and driveways, security fencing and other site features. The project also includes the demolition of surrounding buildings.
Construction will occur in the vicinity of the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base and provide support for the 24th Marines Regiment: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Defense Platoon (Plt), Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group.
Work for this project is expected to be completed by February 2016.
"This award is another example of NAVFAC 's commitment to providing the maximum practicable opportunity for small businesses to fulfill our requirements," said NAVFAC Southeast Deputy for Small Business Nelson Smith. "Small businesses are responsive and efficient, and provide a great value to the Navy and the taxpayers."
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.