By Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast announced the first task order, Sept. 10, from an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity multiple award design-build construction contract valued at $95 million.
BlueForge, LLC, a small business based in Saint Petersburg, Fla., was awarded the initial task order for $13 million for the design and construction of a new weapons storage and inspection facility at Marine Corp Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Ga.
"The existing weapons storage facility is located in three bays of a general purpose warehouse that lacks security measures appropriate for a facility that contains weapons," said Greg Satterfield, Marine Corps Logistics Command Distribution Management Center Director of Storage Operations. "Proper humidity and climate control systems do not exist in the warehouse leading to degradation of stored equipment. During the summer months, South Georgia temperatures and humidity levels are very high resulting in more frequent cycles of surveillance and care for stored material."
"This contract will provide for the construction of a low rise weapons storage and inspection facility consisting of a steel frame building with standing seam metal roof on a reinforced concrete slab," said Lt. Jose Centenorosado, resident officer in charge of construction. "The exterior will be red brick to match existing buildings on base and the exterior doors and windows will be security rated."
The building interior will be painted concrete masonry units with hollow metal, insulated and glazed doors, hollow metal framed windows, vinyl composition tile floors in the administrative spaces and sealed concrete floors throughout the remainder of the facility. The building will include industrial finishes in the shop and high bay areas with security rated insulated metal roll-up doors and frames.
Basic telephone, computer network, fiber optic, cable television, security and fire alarm, and mass notification systems and infrastructure are included in the project as well as Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) features that comply with ATFP regulations.
Built-in equipment includes a pallet racking/selective rack system, humidity control system, small munitions safe, infrastructure for an intrusion detection system and closed circuit television security system.
Site preparation includes site clearing, excavation and preparation for construction and demolition of existing concrete foundation slabs and footings, three bay concrete bin structures, existing asphalt and gravel paving. Paving and site improvements include grading, parking facilities for approximately 40 vehicles, loading dock apron, roadways, curbs, sidewalks, landscaping, security fencing, signs and storm-water drainage.
The initial project is expected to be complete by January 2016.
All the work on this contract will be performed primarily within the NAVFAC Southeast area of responsibility (AOR) including but not limited to North Florida and South Georgia. Seventeen proposals were received for this contract.
The seven contractors included in the award are the afore mentioned BlueForge LLC and C&C Contractors, LLC, a small business based in Notasulga, Ala.; Colossal Construction Company, LLC, a small business based in Atlanta; Gulf Building Corporation and Hernandez Consultants, Joint Venture a small business based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; HICAPS, Inc., a small business based in Greensboro, N.C.; KMK-DJI, Joint Venture, a small business based in, Eliot, Maine and Leebcor Services, LLC, a small business based in Williamsburg, Va.
The work to be performed under this multiple award design-build construction contract provides primarily for general building type projects, but is not limited to new construction. Renovation, alteration, demolition and repair work projects in support of Department of Defense Activities in the NAVFAC Southeast AOR may also be awarded.
The term of the contract will not exceed 60 months including the base and five option periods, with an expected completion date of September 2019.
"Every one of the awardees on this contract is not only a small business, but is a business owned and operated by a service-disabled veteran," NAVFAC Southeast Deputy for Small Business Nelson Smith. "Even after their time in uniform, our service-disabled veterans continue to serve by providing high-quality construction services to the Navy and great value to 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.