Navy Announces 2011 Construction Projects for Guam
The signing earlier this month of a programmatic agreement on historic preservation standards between DOD and Guam will allow the Navy to go ahead with seven construction projects needed to support the realignment of 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam.
Contracts totaling $93 million for the first two projects were awarded last September, according to a written statement from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). Other projects expected to be awarded later this year include: ramp parking and utilities for Andersen Air Force Base, an Apra Harbor medical clinic, a waterfront headquarters building, and phase one of a utilities and site improvement effort.
Initially design work will go ahead before construction can begin, NAVFAC said. The agency will need to approve contractors’ designs before they can begin construction.
To date, the U.S. government and Japan have provided more than $1 billion in milcon funds to support the move. The NAVFAC statement reiterated the commitment the Navy and Marine Corps have made to adjust the pace and sequencing of construction projects to a sustainable level so as to not exceed Guam’s infrastructure capacities. As a result, contracts for the projects that have been funded thus far will be awarded throughout the year.