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Ground Control Tower Contract Awarded at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120808-15

By Denise Emsley, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii awarded a contract to build a new Ground Control Tower at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) to RORE-ITSI, JV LLC, San Diego, Calif., Aug. 8.

"The replacement of this facility has been in the works for some time and is badly needed to support Air Force and Hawaii Air National Guard flight operations at JBPHH," said Lt. Col. Randy Whitecotton, deputy JBPHH public works officer NAVFAC Hawaii and commander 647th Civil Engineer Squadron, USAF. "It was built in 1952 and does not provide clear line-of-sight for current aircraft movement. In addition, its open-type construction and exterior metal stairs from the ground to the tower cab has allowed exposure to the elements over the years causing corrosion of steel reinforcement within concrete columns and the outside stairs makes entering and exiting the structure difficult during inclement weather."

The award is a firm fixed-price task order for $7.4 million under an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract. Three proposals were received. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2014.

The project provides for a new 1,194 SF Ground Control Tower. This 122-foot high tower will consist of a control tower cab, office, break area/room, electrical/communications equipment room, elevator and restroom. It will include all site utilities, electrical service and communication distribution to/from nearest available water, sewer, electrical and communication services as well as mechanical systems include air conditioning, fire protection/suppression, and ventilation systems. Exterior elements include paving and site improvements such as building lighting, paving for exterior equipment pads, circulation, landscaping, and perimeter chain link security fencing. A security monitoring camera and a remote entry system controlled from the tower cab will be installed at the entry gate.

"We look forward to the new ground control tower that will be properly configured for today's airfield use with increased safety measures to meet all mission requirements, operational considerations required for ground control tower personnel to direct aircraft and flightline vehicle traffic."

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