By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $13.8 million contract to Leebcor Services, LLC, a small business based in Williamsburg, Virginia, May 30 for the construction of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Logistics Support Facility (LSF) at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
The award provides for the construction of a two-story building with a reinforced concrete foundation, masonry walls and a pitched standing seam metal roof. The building will serve as a logistics support facility for the Littoral Combat Ship Squadron and other organizations which support the Littoral Combat Ship.
The project also includes construction of classrooms, an operations watch work space, a reference library room, storage, administrative office space, video teleconference rooms, and a crew lounge.
LCS ships are scheduled to arrive at Naval Station Mayport in 2016. The LCS Squadron (LCSRON) and all Distance Support (DS) must be in place to provide support to these ships when they arrive.
"The LCS lean manning concept requires that the majority of administrative, maintenance, and training activities are accomplished ashore," said Cmdr. Pete Ehlers, chief staff officer of LCSRON 2.
The LCSRON and other organizations serve as extensions of the crew for routine administrative functions, operational support, scheduling, logistics, maintenance management and anti-terrorism protection support.
"The LCSRON provides more off-ship support to their ships than traditional surface squadrons," explained Ehlers. "The LSF will provide a headquarters for the LCSRON Two staff in order to support for off-hull core crew and mission module detachments."
Work for this project is expected to be completed by November 2015.
The task order contains one unexercised option for the electrical security system, which if exercised would increase the cumulative task order value to more than $16 million.
"In this challenging budget environment, it's encouraging to see small businesses continue to provide NAVFAC, the U.S. Navy, and the taxpayers with the best value for our scarce resources," said NAVFAC Southeast Deputy for Small Business Nelson Smith. "Maintaining a competent, viable small business industrial base is essential to ensuring future opportunities for small businesses."
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.