Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

NAVFAC Southeast Awards Small Business Contract for Saufley Field Project

08/28/14 12:00 AM

By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $28.3 million contract to small business Orocon-Carothers, JV1 for the renovation and repairs of a historic and underutilized building at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Aug. 22.

"The contract award for renovations of Building 603 onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola is a significant milestone in the base's vision to consolidate DOD tenants from Special Area Saufley Field to NAS Pensacola mainside," said NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Keith Hoskins.

Building 603 was originally constructed in 1936 as a warehouse, and a major addition was added in 1942. During its 78 year lifespan, the building has had many functions, though in recent years the occupancy load has declined as a result of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions, making it the perfect candidate for revitalization.

"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.

"The project includes renovation of all four floors, totaling more than 250,000 square feet, and will include accessibility upgrades, fire protection improvements, energy efficiency modifications and a restoration of the external facade to enhance the historic fabric of the base," said NAS Pensacola Public Works Officer Cmdr. Jeff Deviney.

Plans include painting walls, replacing windows, updating the building to meet current hurricane and energy reduction standards, and resurfacing the existing parking area. The buildings inefficient direct expansion and chilled water air conditioning systems will be replaced with a central chilled water system. Plans also call for replacement of the east and west side elevators within the existing shafts.

"The completion of this contract and two smaller contracts will enable several commands, totaling more than 600 people operating out of Saufley Field, to relocate to NAS Pensacola mainside," said Deviney. "The Naval Education Training and Professional Development and Technology Center, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, and the Defense Logistics Agency-Document Services will all relocate."

The relocation will provide $6.7 million in annual savings to the Navy in maintenance and operating costs at Saufley Field, and will provide tremendous efficiency gains within the commands through consolidated operations according to Deviney.

Work for this project is expected to be completed by August 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.

 

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