By JC Kreidel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic topped its own acquisition execution record set just last year, awarding approximately $2.8 billion in new contracts during fiscal year 2019 which ended Sept. 30.
Contracts awarded this past fiscal year bested the previous year by more than $500 million and reflected the cooperative effort of the entire NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic enterprise in order to provide innovative and responsive solutions to the nation, supported commanders, Sailors and Marines.
“Contract actions awarded were in support of planning, environmental services, design, repair, maintenance, construction, utilities, and facilities support service,” said Kim Kahler, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Acquisition Support Line leader. “Not only did the Acquisition team execute an impressive amount of work this past fiscal year, approximately a quarter of the work was executed in September alone. The team overcame many challenges and obstacles to accomplish this feat in awarding and administering contracts to support the warfighter.”
Contracts awarded to repair facilities at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in the wake of Hurricane Florence contributed to the record-breaking contracting year. Other high priority contracts included dry dock repair and modernization for Norfolk Naval Shipyard, in support of the Naval Sea Systems Command, Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan (SIOP). SIOP sets to recapitalize and modernize the infrastructure at the four public nuclear shipyards to include critical dry dock repairs, restoring needed shipyard facilities, optimizing their placement, and replacing aging and deteriorating capital equipment.
“The Capital Improvements team completed an impressive volume of work in FY-19, executing $2 billion in designs for new facilities and repairs and renovations to existing facilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility, a 34 percent increase over FY-18.” said Eric Allen, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Capital Improvement Business Line leader. “In addition, construction offices oversaw $1.4 billion of construction work in support of the Navy’s mission, enhancing warfighting lethality and maximizing Naval Shore Readiness.”
Other notable contracts awarded included a consolidated paint blast and rubber facility at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, critical dry dock repairs at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and a submarine propulsor manufacturing facility and machine shop in Philadelphia. These contracts alone totaled more than $160 million and will provide support facilities directly impacting the mission at each installation.
“I’m incredibly impressed with the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic team. In just the last week of FY19 alone, we awarded $350 million and that takes some special teamwork,” said Capt. Richard Hayes, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic commanding officer. “The combined efforts of acquisition professionals and the technical expertise of our capital improvements, environmental, asset management and public works business lines set the stage for an impressive body of work. Now we turn our attention to the execution of that work, which is just as important and again takes an integrated enterprise strategy to deliver those projects, on time and on budget.”
The outlook for FY20 could prove to set another new record for the command. Work projections are expected to exceed $3 billion overall.