By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $17.5 million contract to Head, Inc. for airfield repairs at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas, Sept. 24.
Head, Inc. is a small business based in Columbus, Ohio.
"This project is an important first step in our plan for significant airfield improvements to ensure NAS Corpus Christi is able to support critical aviation training for years to come," said Naval Air Station Corpus Christi commanding officer Capt. Steve Banta. "The repairs, once complete, will make a positive impact on flight operations."
The contract is for repairs that include grade correction, pavement mill and overlay, airfield lighting replacement, and new signage and markings for two runways. The contract also provides for related electrical vault work, clearing, demolition and all other associated work necessary to accomplish the project.
"This project corrects mission critical airfield pavement, markings and lighting deficiencies for
runways 04-22 and 17-35 onboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi," said NAVFAC Southeast Project Manager Laura Lake.
Runways 04-22 and 17-35 were noted to be in very poor condition during the the latest airfield pavement condition survey performed in April 2013.
The design team consisted of engineers from both the in-house NAVFAC Southeast Airfield Pavement group and the architect-engineer contract team.
"The entire team was key to the success of this project," said Lake. "In a very short time, the contractor teamed with our NAVFAC airfield group and provided both an evaluation of the non-paving related conditions and a complete design for the runways. This enabled award of this critical project."
NAS Corpus Christi hosts Training Air Wing 4 whose mission is to provide primary and advance pilot training for the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. Runway 04-22 and runway 17-35 support a combined 7,000 fight operations annually. If the airfield pavement and lighting deficiencies are not corrected, safety will be compromised and the potential for runway closure increases.
Work is expected to be completed by May 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 NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy Nelson Smith. "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.