By Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
Jacksonville, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast announced Dec. 19, 2014, a $35.7 million firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a new Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Bolden Elementary-Middle School on board Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, South Carolina.
Elkins Constructors, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, was awarded the contract which calls for the demolition of the existing Bolden school and construction of a new two-story elementary-middle school.
"The existing facilities were built in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Replacement is more economical than continued maintenance and repair of these aged facilities. Providing the children of our service members with a quality facility will continue to empower each student to succeed in this dynamic world," said MCAS Beaufort Commanding Officer Col. Peter Buck.
The project will construct a two story third to eighth grade elementary-middle school. It will include energy efficient light fixtures such as florescent, pendant hung, and recessed may be linked with daylight monitors.
The school incorporates the DoDEA design requirements for a 21st Century school which include neighborhoods for third through eighth grades, information center, flex labs, gymnasium, performance spaces, commons/dining, and a kitchen. Of special note, the school will incorporate increased use of partition walls to allow more simplified reconfiguration of space to support education. There will also be specialist rooms, art room, music and band rooms, science labs, space supporting special education, career technical education, teacher work rooms, counseling areas, health offices, administrative offices and other required areas for a fully functioning elementary/middle school.
"Replacing Bolden Elementary-Middle School will provide a facility that can better meet the educational needs of the students, as well as, provide a more sustainable and energy efficient building that will meet current ADA, building code, and AT/FP (security) requirements," stated MCAS Beaufort Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division Director Lt. Cmdr. Seth Magnasarian.
The contract contains one planned modification for furniture, fixtures, and equipment which, if issued, would increase the cumulative contract value to more than $37.4 million.
The initial project is expected to be complete by October 2017.