NAVFAC Southeast Awards $15.7 million Contract to Small Business

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $15.7 million firm-fixed-price task order March 31 to GFP-Yates for renovation and repairs to Building 1, Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Headquarters, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas.

GFP-Yates is a joint-venture small business based in Universal City, Texas.

“This project will restore Building 1, a very historic facility built in 1941,” said NAS Corpus Christi Public Works Officer Cmdr. Amanda Brooks. “New construction was considered in the planning stage for this project, but the analysis showed that new construction would be costlier and a significant historical facility would be lost in the process.”

Building 1 was built in 1941 as a semi-permanent, four-story wood frame facility. It has undergone numerous changes during it’s history. In November 2010, the building was analyzed for compliance with life safety, environmental health, accessibility and anti-terrorism force protection requirements. The evaluation indicated that all the primary building systems were in need of minimal to significant restoration.

Additionally, the existing inefficient layout of the building exceeds the Command’s requirements and the opportunity to reduce surplus administrative footprint will be missed if the renovation were to not occur.

The task order calls for the renovation of an existing 1940s multi-story, wood frame structure. The project will demolish one wing and the remaining three wings will undergo extensive renovation. Upgrades will be made to the exterior envelope and structure. The interior renovation will fully reconfigure the inside space and all building mechanical, electrical and and fire protection systems will be replaced. The utilities infrastructure will be significantly upgraded as well as other site improvements made.

Work is expected to be completed by May 2017.

Small businesses 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 small businesses.

“This is an example of an exceptional match between the Navy’s often unique requirements and the professionalism, craftsmanship and responsiveness that our small-business vendors bring to the table,” said Nelson Smith, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. “Every small business award is a win for the taxpayers, 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. Smith explained the maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.

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