By Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a nearly $10 million firm-fixed-price contract Oct. 22 to Whitesell-Green, Inc., a small business based in Pensacola, Florida to repair the Corry "A" School Bachelor Quarters 3709 and 3710 at Corry Station, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.
"This project will further help alleviate student barracks overcrowding as we send a growing number of Sailors through training at the Center for Information Dominance at Corry Station," said NAS Pensacola Public Works Officer Cmdr. Jeff Deviney, who will oversee the project.
"The project will mirror the renovations that began last year with Bachelor Quarters 3707 and 3708 and, once complete, the four buildings will share laundry, study, and television rooms," continued Deviney. "Renovating these 1970-era facilities will eliminate health and safety hazards while providing suitable berthing for our students."
The work to be performed includes interior demolition, minor structural repairs, sheet rock replacement on walls and ceilings, interior electrical repairs, interior plumbing replacement, installation of fire suppression system and detection systems, floor covering replacement, interior and exterior door replacement, roof replacement, stairwell repairs, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system replacement, miscellaneous interior repairs, and construction of exterior walkways with handrails.
"It's exciting to be part of a team that considers small business the first option to meet the NAVFAC Southeast mission," said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "In addition to providing the best return on the dollar for our taxpayers, every contract awarded to a small business also helps our nation's economy."
Smith explained this is one of many contract awards NAVFAC Southeast has provided to the small-business community. NAVFAC Southeast continues to build on its success by providing contract opportunities to 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. Smith explained 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 May 2016.