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New NCR Command and Control Center in Gulfport

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Story Number: NNS080618-01
Release Date: 6/18/2008 6:02:00 AM

From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

GULFPORT, Miss. (NNS) -- Construction of the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment's (NCR) new $5.5 million Command and Control facility is underway aboard Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport and is scheduled for completion in July 2009.

"The major benefit of the new facility is to have the entire regiment under one roof," said Lt. Reggie Cozart, 22nd NCR's action officer for Central Command operations. "We are currently spread out in several locations, which make communication and coordination less efficient."

The 19,500 square foot, two-story 22nd NCR Command and Control Facility will provide much needed operational and administrative space. The project makes allowance for a 25th NCR facility (future, programmed project) to be constructed adjacent to this building.

"The entire project team worked well together during the design phase," said Jerry Davis, construction manager for the resident officer in charge of construction Gulfport. "The need for design changes were identified early, which kept the cost and time increases to a minimum."

A major change was to move the entire building approximately 100 feet to the west. The site change makes more efficient use of the land and allows for possible future construction adjacent to the building.

Based on the 22nd NCR's mission and area of responsibility, a sensitive compartmented intelligence facility (SCIF) was also added to the design.

"The SCIF is an operational security requirement," said Lee McGarrh, 22nd NCR facilities manager. "It will allow us to communicate with our higher headquarters and expeditionary forces in a secure environment."

The new facility will meet or exceed current anti-terrorism and force protection and communication requirements.

The $5.5 million 22nd NCR project is part of a larger $95 million package which includes a new Navy Exchange, fitness center, training hall, barracks, and security and fire department complex. The contract was awarded July 9, to Y. G. Yates and Son Construction of Philadelphia, Miss.

For more news from Naval Facilities Engineering Command, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/navfachq/.

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