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NEWS | June 15, 2011

Contract awarded for Civil Engineer Administration and Readiness Center

By Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast Public Affairs

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast awarded an $11.6 million contract June 3 to Sauer, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., for the design and construction of an engineering, operations and readiness center at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

"A new engineering administration facility will provide a professional atmosphere for the Civil Engineer Squadron to carry out our mission of providing world class facilities and infrastructure for Joint Base Charleston," said Glenn Easterby, deputy base civil engineer at JB CHS. "The new Readiness Center will give us a state-of-the-art emergency operations center as well as appropriate space to train and equip globally ready engineers."

The contract provides for the design and construction of a new, two-story engineering and operations facility and a new readiness center, including parking. The project will be designed and constructed as a conventionally framed building with a standing seam metal roof, seismic design requirements, contaminated ground water provisions, associated storage, utilities, parking, site improvements, built-in equipment requirements, access, asbestos abatement, demolition and anti-terrorism force protection requirements.

"This is a dream come true for our civil engineers," stated Mr. Easterby. "We have been waiting for the time when we could build something for ourselves vice ensuring all of the mission components have top-notch facilities and infrastructure. The project was first developed back in the mid-1960s, so we are all very excited to see it finally take shape."

The facilities and all site features will be designed and constructed using U. S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-New Construction.

LEED features that will be incorporated into the building are solar hot water heating, a variable refrigerant flow for the HVAC system, occupancy sensors for lighting and other high efficiency features.

The project is expected to be complete by December 2012.