Small Business Awarded $3.5M Contract for Renovations

Original Article: VCStar

The Navy’s decision to renovate another aging building at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, is a good indication operations there are unlikely to be targeted for closure, local congressional members said this week.

The Navy has agreed to invest at least $8.2 million to renovate three buildings at the base since November 2013.

A $3.5 million contract was awarded Nov. 10 to PacWest Construction & Engineering Inc. of Temecula to do extensive renovations to building PM609 at Point Mugu, where the Foreign Military Sales program facilitates sales of U.S. defense equipment to foreign governments.

PacWest also was given no-bid agreements of $1.9 million in March for work on PM366 and a $2.8 million contract with the company for work on PM738 in November 2013. Work on all three buildings comes under a partnership between the Defense Department and the Commerce Department’s Small Business Administration, records show.

“Many of the facilities at Point Mugu are decades old, and Bldg. 609 is no exception,” Kimberly Brown, a spokeswoman for the Naval Air Warfare Center at Point Mugu, said via email. “This project will modernize the facility, including upgrades to the energy and security infrastructure.

“It will also create dedicated spaces in which Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division personnel can securely work with their foreign military and development partners while maintaining operational and information security for other programs.”

President Barack Obama signed a $606 billion Defense Authorization bill into law last week. The bill contains reforms to defense acquisition practices, as well as a 1.3 percent military pay raise.

Rep. Steve Knight, R-Lancaster, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and represents most of Simi Valley, said he is pleased to see the continued investment in NBVC, which makes it unlikely to be targeted by any future Base Realignment and Closure efforts, known as BRAC.

“There are several good signs that Naval Base Ventura County will not be a strong candidate for closure in 2016. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2016, which was signed last week, rejected the President’s call for a BRAC next year,” Knight said in a statement Tuesday.

Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, also sees a bright future for the facility, which previously was chosen as a base for a new aerial drone program.

“Continued investments in base infrastructure by the Navy are an excellent indicator of Naval Base Ventura County’s long-term strategic value to our national security,” said Brownley, whose district includes the base.

“These investments are consistent with the base being uniquely situated to advance the Department of Defense’s pivot in focus to the Asia-Pacific region, and are essential to supporting additional commands at the base — one of my top priorities — like the Triton MQ-4C” aerial drones.”