JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast announced the first task order from a $240 million indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) multiple award design-build construction contract Aug. 26.
Carothers Construction Inc., of Oxford, Mississippi, was awarded the initial task order for $34.4 million for the design and construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina.
"The new hangar is designed to support and accommodate the F-35's unique operational and maintenance requirements," said Troy Ward, MCAS Beaufort Site Activation Task Force program manager.
The hangar project is expected to be completed by September 2016. Other work to be performed under this contract includes general building type projects (new construction, renovation, alteration, demolition, and repair work) including industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, training, dormitory, and community support facilities.
"The existing hangars were designed and built to accommodate legacy aircraft, almost 60 years ago," said Ward. "They have reached the end of their useful life and renovating or expanding the existing hangars would not be cost effective. We're building a 21st century facility here to support our new fifth generation fighters, the Lightning II."
The five contractors for this IDIQ contract include Carothers Construction Inc., Oxford, Mississippi; Archer Western Construction, LLC (small business), Chicago, Illinois; Brasfield and Gorrie General Contractors, Birmingham, Alabama; Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Florida; and M.A. Mortenson Construction Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The contract period is for 36 months with an expected completion date of August 2017.
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