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NAVFAC Far East Awards $2.3 million Okinawa Typhoon Repairs Task Order

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS111005-03

By Ron Inman, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East awarded a $2.3 million design-build contract to Onaka Gumi Co., Ltd. of Okinawa, Sept. 29, to provide crucial repairs at Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa's White Beach Naval Facility after damage caused by two powerful typhoons this summer.

"Halsey Road is the primary means of entry into White Beach," said NAVFAC Far East's Gary Huber, engineering team leader. "The damage caused by recent typhoons led to its closure. This project will stabilize slopes along the roadway, significantly reducing the risk of damage during future storms."

Days after Typhoon Muifa struck Okinawa Aug. 5, erosion caused three landslides to occur, and large boulders fell from an unstable hillside along Halsey Road. Several facilities were potentially at risk, including a hilltop cabin, the base's Cliff Side Club and the telecommunications center. Soil continued to erode, causing instability. Earlier in the summer, Typhoon Songda struck the island and may have also been a contributing factor.

Within days of Muifa, NAVFAC Far East engineers traveled to Okinawa from the command's headquarters in Yokosuka to assess the damage and determine necessary repairs to improve stabilization in the affected areas.

NAVFAC Far East used a contract known as a Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) to rapidly award the contract necessary to effect repairs at White Beach. A MACC consists of pre-approved construction contractors who can be utilized when needed, reducing the time it takes and streamlining the process to award the contract. According to Public Works Department Okinawa Supervisory Contract Specialist Patrick Hannon, a typical MACC task order normally takes 45 to 60 days to award, if there are no issues.

"A concerted effort between all parties involved was evident from the onset to properly assess, engage and ultimately award a successful contract before any further environmental or facility damage could occur," said Hannon. "This task order was officially executed in 26 days.

"Okinawa's public works office was able to execute the White Beach project so quickly because of the rapid response provided by the outstanding and professional teamwork of the NAVFAC Far East team dedicated to this critical design-build contract," added Hannon.

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