NAVFAC Awards $7.2M “Working Dog” Facility Contract to California Firm

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Guam – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas awarded a $7.2 million firm-fixed price task order Sept. 30 (Guam time) to
Pacific West Builders of National City, Calif., for the construction of a new military working dog facility to replace the existing facility located
in Apra Harbor.

The award of this task order represents the first award by NAVFAC Marianas associated with the realignment of Marine Corps forces from Okinawa.

“This project is a key enabler to the Marine Corps relocation,” said retired Maj. Gen. David Bice, executive director of the Joint Guam Program Office.
“Relocating the Navy’s working dog facility from its current location in Apra Harbor will allow construction to begin on improving the wharves and
building other waterfront activities needed to support the Marines’ amphibious ship pier-side requirements on Guam.”

The work includes construction of a new military working dog facility that will provide kennels to accommodate military working dogs, their handlers
and associated support facilities.  The project further includes site components and associated site improvements to support the new facility including an outdoor obedience course, exercise and break area.

“These dogs are trained to work with their handlers to protect and save lives,” said Capt. Richard Wood, commanding officer of Naval Base Guam.
“They are an invaluable force protection resource that provides protection to our personnel and families on Guam and they deploy to the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq to protect our service members. The relocated facility ensures that these dogs, which are very expensive to train, remain effective until the end of their career.”

The contractor will first work to complete design of the new facility, a process that could take anywhere from three to six months. As a result,
construction will not commence immediately.

This project can begin without exceeding the capacity of the island’s port, utilities and other critical systems, and can be done utilizing the existing
labor pool on Guam.  A Civil-Military Coordination Council, comprised of military, Government of Guam and federal agency representatives, will be
established to implement adaptive program management, which involves adjusting the pace and sequencing of military relocation activity, so as to
not cause significant environmental impacts nor exceed Guam’s existing infrastructure capacity.

“We are excited about this measured approach to the build-up,” said Capt. Peter Lynch, commanding officer of NAVFAC Marianas.  “The Department of Defense is being prudent to avoid impacting the island’s infrastructure while still providing a boost to our local economy.”

This task order was competitively procured through NAVFAC Marianas’ Small Business Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC), with six proposals received.

Work is expected to be completed by September 2012.