By Sue Brink, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a more than $8.7 million contract Sept. 29 to Trimark Constructors, LLC, a small business out of Metairie, Louisiana, to replace the Squadron Operations Facility at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans.
"Our current squadron operations function is located in building 285, a building constructed in 1968," said Air Force Col. Shawn Coco, 159th Fighter Wing commander. "The facility is about 25 percent short of the space we need to accomplish our training and primary ACA (air control alert) mission, plus the electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems are outdated and inefficient."
NAS JRB New Orleans is home to the 159th Fighter Wing, its 21 F-15 fighter aircraft and its ACA mission. The wing requires a properly-sited, correctly-sized and configured squadron operations facility to support the wing's training and mission requirements. The functional areas of squadron operations include command, administration and support offices, a classroom, break area, briefing rooms, assembly areas, vaults, secure areas, and storage. A portion of the building will need to be a secure area constructed to meet Physical Security Standards for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF).
The contract calls for the demolition of the old facility and construction of the new facility. The contract also contains 13 unexercised options for furniture, fixtures and equipment and one planned modification, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to more than $10 million.
Small business, which includes 8(a) firms, plays a vital role in the American economy - employing half of the country's workforce, creating nearly two out of every three new American jobs, and often being the source of the next great American innovation. The maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.
"I am excited we had a small business win this award," said Mark Brock, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "This is a win for the NAVFAC enterprise and for small businesses in general."
NAVFAC Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its success by providing contract opportunities to these businesses. Each year NAVFAC establishes target goals for small business, including small disadvantaged businesses, historically underutilized business zone small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses and women-owned small businesses.
Work is expected to be completed by August 2019.