By John Parker, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $17 million contract July 28 to Bristol General Contractors, LLC, a small business out of Anchorage, Alaska, to make repairs to the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar building 3757, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas.
"The awarding of this contract culminates a great team effort and clearly demonstrates the Navy's commitment to ensure our men and women are equipped to perform their mission," said NAS Kingsville Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Misner. "This project will make critical repairs and extend the life of the maintenance hangar for many years."
Project work to the exterior of the hangar includes replacement of roof, repairs to roof decking, sealing roof penetrations and repair roof drains. The interiors of the hangar bays will be cleaned and painted. Other repairs include structural, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, fire protection and electrical system deficiencies in the hangar.
"Having a facility in optimal condition is essential to the mission capability of NAS Kingsville and Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 2, as well as to the safety and quality of life for the men and women who work there," said Misner. "The execution of this contract will ensure that for years to come NAS Kingsville will be able to provide the facilities that TRAWING-2 needs to train the world's best fighter pilots."
Work will be performed in Kingsville, Texas, and is expected to be completed by July 2017.
Small business play a vital role in the American economy - employing half of our country's workforce, creating nearly two out of every three new American jobs, and often being the source of the next great American innovation. NAVFAC Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its success by providing contract opportunities to small businesses.
"Small businesses continues to be our first option when fulfilling our requirements," said NAVFAC Southeast Small Business Deputy Nelson Smith. "NAVFAC Southeast continues to seek maximum practicable opportunities for small business in all of our procurements."
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.