By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded an $8 million firm-fixed-price contract Sept. 29 for repairs and renovations of the "A" School Bachelor Enlisted Quarters 315 at Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Miss. to Drace Anderson, JV, a small business based in Gulfport, Mississippi.
"The A-School barracks renovation will improve the quality of life and the readiness of our newest Seabees, Airmen, and Soldiers that complete their training at Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Gulfport," said NCBC Gulfport Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Odenthal. "The repairs will increase building performance to provide higher occupant comfort, higher energy efficiency, and extend the life of the facility many more years."
The work to be performed provides for interior and exterior repairs and renovations including installation of new insulation, windows, roof, vents, exhausts, flashing, and replacement of the HVAC system, boilers and chiller.
Exterior work includes replacing windows, resealing exterior joints, concrete repair, minor drainage work, and exterior cleaning and painting.
Interior work includes room reconfiguration, replacement of finishes, replacement of tubs and showers with shower surrounds, reconfiguration of handrails and guardrails, replacement and refinishing of doors, new interior signage, and new toilet accessories.
Work is expected to be completed by March 2016.
NAVFAC Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its success by providing contract opportunities to small businesses.
"It is NAVFAC Southeast's policy to provide as many opportunities as possible to small businesses," said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "Small businesses are the engines of job creation and essential to strengthening our national economy."
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 that the maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.