By Sue Brink
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a nearly $900,000 contract, June 28, to W.W. Gay Fire Protection, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida.
The contract covers new fire alarm and mass notification systems in Building 2740 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas and Building 24 at Navy Outlying Field (OLF) Orange Grove, Texas.
"This project brings much needed upgrades to our installation's command headquarters building and Building 24, the main administrative and focal building for our mission at OLF Orange Grove," said Capt. Erik A. Spitzer, Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville commanding officer. "These upgrades will enhance the safety of the personnel who work in these facilities."
Building 24 houses fire protection, administrative, galley and pilot briefing rooms at OLF Orange Grove.
The project updates the existing fire alarm panels in Building 2740 and provides new sustainable alarm systems. A new mass notification system is provided for both Building 2740 and at Building 24, where there currently is none. New pipework, underground water supplies and upgrades to interior piping, sprinkler heads and sprinkler head relocations
will be accomplished in Building 2740.
"The fire protection systems in these facilities are outdated and unsustainable," said Lt. Cmdr. Steve Parks, NAS Kingsville public works officer. "The new systems have a mass notification function that will provide immediate information to all the building occupants in the event of an emergency."
Work will be performed in Kingsville and is expected to be complete by July 2018.
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