By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $30 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, architect-engineering contract Dec. 1 to URS Group, Inc., of Tampa, Florida, for professional architectural and engineering services.
The work to be performed provides for preparation of design/build request for proposals and other design services.
The first task order is being awarded at $1,102,639 to prepare full plans and specifications for the design/bid/build project to renovate Building 873, an engine test cell facility, at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.
The Kemen Test Cell Facility is the only Navy test facility of its kind on the east coast and is currently used to test multiple jet engines for both the U.S. Navy and Air Force, specifically the General Electric F414 and TF34 engines.
"These renovations are crucial in keeping our warfighters supplied with the highest performing engines in their aircraft," said Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Chuck Stuart. "This work will ensure the Kemen Test Cell Facility remains the unique, critical asset to the Navy it has been since its construction in 1978."
Work includes repair to the aging roof system, external concrete walls, and steel gantry structures which have been exposed to the aggressive Florida environment, along with internal air flow control structures and noise suppression systems which have experienced many years of productive use and are now in need of replacement because of wear and tear.
Work for this task order is expected to be completed by September 2017.