Meridian Star

January 3, 2014

Multi-million dollar contract awarded for NAS dining facility

from staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Jacksonville, Fla. - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded six indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity multiple award design-build construction contracts Dec. 17 to six small business entities. The six contracts are valued at $95 million.

     JCON Group, Construction and Design of Miami, Fla., was awarded the initial task order for $8.7 million for the design and construction of a dining facility located at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.

    "This project represents a great step forward for NAS Meridian's footprint reduction and consolidation efforts," said Capt. Charles C. Moore II, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Meridian. "By reducing the size of the galley by nearly 7,000 square feet, NAS Meridian will realize immediate energy savings and greater efficiencies with a 'right sized' facility that will directly and positively benefit our large student population. We are very pleased to see the galley project moving forward."

    The new dining facility will be a modern state-of-the-art and energy efficient 21,500 square foot low rise facility with concrete footings, concrete masonry walls with brick veneer and insulated standing seam metal roof. Employees in the facility serve nearly 1100 meals a day to Navy and Marine Corps permanent party, student and instructor pilots, and A-School enlisted technical students.

     "The new facility will replace a severely deteriorated, oversized, energy inefficient and outdated facility which has reached its useful life," said Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Max Sisson.

    The project will provide Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) features and comply with ATFP regulations and physical security in accordance with DoD Minimum Anti-Terrorism Standards for Buildings. Facilities will meet LEED ratings and comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

    "The existing galley, Building 207, and vacant barracks, Building 357, will be demolished as part of this project," said Sisson. The dining facility project is expected to be complete by October 2015.

    All the work on this contract will be performed primarily within the NAVFAC Southeast area of responsibility (AOR) including Mississippi (48 percent), the Florida Panhandle area (48 percent) with the remainder (4 percent) in other areas of the AOR. The contract will not extend past 60 months and all task orders are expected to be completed by December 2018.

    The six contractors for this award include the JCON Group, Construction and Design, Miami, Fla.; Orocon -- Carother Joint Venture 1, Oxford, Miss.; Mitchell Industrial Contractors Inc., and Brasfield and Gorrie LLC, a Joint Venture, Madison, Ala.; PentaCon LLC, Catoosa, Okla.; TMG Services Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, and Leebcor Services LLC, Williamsburg, Va., were each awarded an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity multiple award design-build construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the NAVFAC Southeast area of responsibility.

    The type of  work for this contract provides for general building projects. Projects can include but are not limited to new construction, renovation, alteration, demolition, and repair work of industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, training, dormitory, and community support facilities.

    NAVFAC Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its success by providing contract opportunities to small businesses.

    "It's is wonderful to be able to say that NAVFAC Southeast contributes to small business opportunities," said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "Every contract awarded to a small business helps to keep our nation's economy rolling."

    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. Smith explained that the maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.