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ARRA Funded Dormitory Construction at Keesler AFB

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Story Number: NNS090911-12
Release Date: 9/11/2009 3:18:00 PM

By Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded Anderson Drace Joint Venture, a small business, of Gulfport, Miss. a $14.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contract Aug. 28 for construction of a dormitory at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB).

"We are very pleased to get this project started to bring our Airmen's dorms up to the most modern standards and bring them into a campus near our new Base Exchange and Commissary as laid out in one of our several area development plans," said Brig. Gen. Ian Dickinson, 81st Training Wing commander.

The contract calls for the construction of a 144-room dormitory.

The facility design will incorporate anti-terrorism/force protection features, Energy Policy Act 2005 criteria, and seek LEED Silver Certification.

The work to be done includes construction of a multi-story dormitory unit with reinforced concrete foundation, with slabs, masonry walls, brick veneer, standing seam metal roof system, mechanical/electrical systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, fire protection system, and security system.

Included in the contract are site improvements, including storm water management connection, parking with sidewalks and landscaping, excavation and fill, and demolition.

The expected completion date for work under this contract is June 2011.

ARRA projects are intended to modernize Department of Defense shore infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence and sustain a steady and robust military force for decades.

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