From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a task order, totaling over $17 million, Aug. 30 to Whitesell-Green, Inc., a small business, out of Pensacola for renovations to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Building 101 aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville.
The work being performed includes refurbishing and demolition of the northern half of the space, which includes the command’s quarterdeck, and renovations to the administrative areas located in the southern portion of the building.
“This project is critical to modernizing our infrastructure, improving safety and providing a better work environment,” FRCSE Commanding Officer Capt. Trent DeMoss said. “This project benefits not only FRCSE Sailors and civilian employees, but also employees of the Defense Logistics Agency, Fleet Logistics Center and Naval Supply Systems Command Weapons Systems Support who also work at our facility.”
The project includes construction of a small foyer that will lead into the command’s quarterdeck and reception area, replacing the original art deco design that has been in place since the command was established in 1940.
The task order also contains one planned modification that would increase the cumulative task order value by approximately $56,000, if issued. This addition to the contract would provide for furniture, fixtures and other equipment to fill the newly refurbished spaces.
"These renovations highlight the importance of our collaborative relationship with NAVFAC Southeast,” DeMoss said. “This wouldn’t have been possible without their hard work and diligence.”
With a workforce of almost 3,000 civilian employees, 1,000 military personnel, and 1,000 contractors, FRCSE is the largest tenant command aboard NAS Jacksonville and the largest industrial employer in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
Work is expected to be completed by January 2021.
Small business (which includes 8(a) firms) 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 these businesses.
“Small Business is the backbone to our economy,” said Dawn Brown, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. “NAVFAC Southeast is committed to providing small business opportunities. This is a win for the taxpayer, the nation, and the Navy.”
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. The maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.