By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $7.72 million firm-fixed-price task order Nov. 21 for the refurbishment of Taurman Avenue electrical substation at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Islands Mechanical Contractor, Inc., a small business based in Middleburg, Florida, was awarded the contract.
"The award to replace Taurman substation is a major milestone that will improve energy conservation and reliability for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and its Supported Commands," said NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Capt. J.R. Nettleton.
Recent engineering and inspection reports determined that existing substation equipment and insulators at the Taurman Avenue substation have deteriorated and need to be replaced. Some of the existing equipment is original to the construction of this substation, which was placed into service in the 1960s, while other equipment was replaced when the substation was renovated in the 1970s.
"Instead of replacing the deteriorated equipment while continuing operations to serve the distribution loads, this project replaces the existing infrastructure by providing a new outdoor substation adjacent to the existing substation," said NS Guantanamo Bay Public Works Officer Cmdr. Ronald Jenkins.
The task order calls for the design and construction of new outdoor substation infrastructure to recapitalize the existing outdoor substation. The project also includes construction of site improvements, a new metal support structure with concrete foundations and concrete equipment pads, security fencing surrounding gravel interior space, grounding system, medium-voltage busing systems, vacuum circuit breakers, liquid-filled transformers, enclosed metal-clad switchgear, manual isolation and bypass switches, lightning and surge protection, and a modular enclosure to house solid-state, programmable monitoring, relaying and controlling system equipment.
Work is expected to be completed by August 2016.
According to a July 11 White House press release, small businesses play a vital role in the American economy and employ half of our country's workforce. They create nearly two out of every three new American jobs, and are often the source of the next great American innovation. NAVFAC Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its success by providing contract opportunities to small businesses.
"NAVFAC Southeast is committed to providing the maximum practicable opportunity to small businesses," said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "Every small business award is a win for the taxpayers, the nation and the Navy."
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 the maximum practicable use of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.