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August 20th, 2012 · by RQ Construction · Event, MCB Camp Pendleton, News, Press, Project Completion

 

On August 16th, a ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the completion of the Counter Battery Radar Project. Invitees enjoyed a brief ceremony and then were able to tour the new Administration Building. These facilities support military personnel with the utilization and maintenance of the 11th Marine Counter Battalion Radar system.

This project involved the construction of a three-story Administration Building and a nine-bay Tactical Vehicle Building, totaling 28,800 sq ft. The 15,500 sq ft Administration Building consists of space with cubicles, classrooms, kitchenette areas, and a lecture hall with tiered seating. In addition, it features a reception area, file and storage spaces, and mapping room. Daylight Harvesters adjust the room lighting dependent on window shades being opened or closed, saving the end-user energy. The 13,300 sq ft Tactical Vehicle Building contains nine drive-in bays with roll-up doors, as well as a tool room and team storage rooms. This facility is equipped with dehumidification and overhead vehicle exhaust systems for specific mission requirements and radar functionality. Designed and built to achieve LEED Silver, the Tactical Vehicle Building features a photovoltaic component of 30 KW and the Administration Building has 3 KW of photovoltaic.

Congratulations to the project team for the successful completion of these facilities!

June 22nd, 2011 · by RQ Construction · MCB Camp Pendleton, News, Project Award

RQ Construction is pleased to announce the award of the Design-Build Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39 Hangar Expansion at Camp Pendleton, CA. This project – awarded at $16,331,000 – provides design, construction, procurement, and installation services for a complete and useable hangar for the MALS-39. The project also includes the relocation of the clamshell stations that currently serve as a temporary maintenance hangar by the resident air wings. One option may be awarded that would increase the contract value to $17,583,650. Please view the award card here.

Customer | NAVFAC Southwest

Award Date | June 22, 2011

Contract | N62473-10-D-5409

Task Order | #0003

RQ Job # | 11-1608

June 7th, 2010 · by RQ Construction · Press

Construction: County Derives Economic Benefits From Big Building Strategy

Lou Hirsh | San Diego Business Journal

Billions of dollars in military construction projects are under way or in the pipeline throughout San Diego County, which already has among the world’s largest concentrations of defense facilities and personnel.

And experts say the economic benefits, in the form of construction jobs and potential new revenues for other local businesses, could ripple throughout the region for at least the next three to four years.

The biggest round of local military upgrades and additions, the extent of which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s, stems from the Department of Defense’s long-range strategy to focus more personnel, aircraft and other technology in western locations, as well as boost the quality of life for those stationed at military bases.

According to a recently released study, commissioned by the San Diego Military Advisory Council and conducted by UC San Diego, the following are among improvements recently begun or in the works:

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton — The 125,000-acre base near Oceanside is undergoing one of the largest new construction programs of any U.S. military installation. In fiscal year 2010, about $1.4 billion in new contracts are being awarded for projects, including a new 512,000-square-foot hospital. Also on tap are facility and infrastructure improvements, including troop housing, roads, utilities, renewable energy upgrades and training ranges, along with administrative, maintenance, warehousing and retail buildings.

By fiscal year 2012, approximately $4 billion in contracts will be awarded. In the next few years, construction will be completed on more than 35 new or upgraded bachelor enlisted quarters and 1,200 additional family housing units.

Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton — Taxiway improvements, repair and expansion of hangars and other buildings are planned in the next few years, as well as the installation of new aircraft training simulators. Timetables and costs have not been finalized.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar — In 2008, 1,400 new units of public-private venture housing began construction at the San Diego base. By the end of fiscal year 2010, more than $100 million in construction will have occurred, with $65 million in planned future upgrades including replacing runway lighting, installing facilities for water reclamation, and upgrading fuel dispensing systems. More than $36 million in new construction has been started.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego — To accommodate an additional 5,000 recruits per year, which started in 2007, one additional standard barracks and one special training company barracks for injured recruits are being added. Academic classrooms are being updated and a new logistics support building is being constructed to replace older, less energy-efficient buildings. During the next two years, $61 million will be spent on construction of new facilities.

Work for Construction Sector

Improvements at other San Diego County military installations are completed or well under way, providing local construction firms with a crucial source of employment and revenue at a time when other sectors, including government, education and private commercial construction, are still reeling from the recession.

For instance, San Diego-based construction firm Barnhart Balfour Beatty has been busy for the past year, planning and building projects at Naval Base Coronado and Naval Air Station North Island. The company has been doing military work since the late 1980s, which has helped it maintain a steady work force, currently at around 300 people, when things have slowed down in other areas like education.

Barnhart Balfour Beatty completed about $28 million in upgrades at Coronado, including ship-berth improvements for the recently arrived USS Carl Vinson, and began work on two child development centers to serve the naval bases, which are projected to cost $10.9 million.

“Diversification is key,” said company President Eric Stenman. “When the private residential building market is down, you want to be able to access the public markets. Because we had already done so much work for the military, we were able to position ourselves for these projects.”

Long histories of military work have proven crucial for local firms, as competition to do the work has intensified.

For example, Carlsbad-based RQ Construction Inc. was recently among three firms placed on a short list of potential contractors for future military work at Quantico, Va., which had been whittled down from an original list of 30 contractors from across the country.

“The good news is that there’s more work to be done, but there are also a lot more people competing to do it,” said George Rogers, chief executive officer of RQ Construction, which has done military work since 1989.

Its recent projects include a $30 million renovation of the Navy Lodge at North Island, as well as housing and command center construction at Camp Pendleton.

Leverage for Contracts Nationally

Many San Diego County companies have leveraged their long track records on local projects to win military contracts throughout the country.

Jeff Harper, president and owner of Harper Construction in San Diego, said his firm has hundreds of workers and subcontractors spread throughout the country doing military projects, covering all types of facilities including recruiting, housing and related infrastructure for nearly all armed services branches.

The latest burst of activity began around 2007, and is one of the strongest influxes of such work since the local company was started in the early 1970s.

“In San Diego it’s mostly Navy and Marine projects, but the Army is going to be a very active sector across the country,” Harper said.

Some of the base work is also being done to accommodate shifts in the types and quantities of aircraft, ships and weaponry being used by the military.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, for instance, is modifying hangars and runways to prepare for the arrival of new aircraft, including the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor craft, which combines functions of a helicopter and a turboprop plane. According to Lt. j.g. Carl Hansen, resident officer in charge of construction at Miramar, upcoming improvements include about $200 million in hangar and taxiway upgrades, set to be put out for bids in the coming year and completed around 2013.

Miramar has recently experienced a wave of completed or started projects, including a $7.3 million youth center to help care for children of base personnel, and a $1.9 million solar carport facility to cut electricity usage.

“It’s probably the most new activity we’ve seen since Miramar was transitioned from a Naval to a Marine Corps station around 1999,” Hansen said.

Extensive Regional Benefits

Economic experts say the benefits of all the activity at local bases extends to companies well beyond construction-related firms, and it has implications for much of Southern California for the next two to three years.

Marney Cox, chief economist for the regional San Diego Association of Governments, said construction unemployment should lessen over time, and construction workers will spend in the community, helping out local merchants, restaurateurs and service companies. Large contractors will likely create new work for smaller building firms that have been struggling in the recession, as construction and renovation projects have virtually dried up.

At Camp Pendleton alone, officials have estimated there are currently 10,000 people at work on construction projects.

Cox said the ongoing spike in military construction should provide an important economic bridge in San Diego County, as other nonconstruction sectors of the economy slowly return to health.

“Of course, nobody knew when this was all being planned that it would come in the middle of a deep recession, but the timing has turned out to be very fortuitous,” he said.

© 2010 San Diego Business Journal

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June 11th, 2008 · by RQ Construction · MCB Camp Pendleton, Press

Thor Kamban Biberman |  San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript

Billions of dollars worth of projects are planned at Camp Pendleton within the next few years, with bachelor enlisted and family housing leading the way.
Navy Commander Marshall Sykes, civil engineer and public works officer, said while he loves being busy, coordinating all these projects is a huge challenge.
“We’re having fun, but it’s an uphill battle to get all the planned projects built,” Sykes said.
Sykes explained that the bachelor enlisted housing of the past had three beds crammed into each room.
The new spaces are being constructed to accommodate no more than two persons each.
“Each (contract) package has 800 rooms. That’s four buildings with 200 rooms in each,” Sykes said.
All told, $877 million in eight contracts representing 6,500 rooms and 13,000 beds will have led to construction between fiscal years 2007 and 2011.
Two of these contracts were awarded in the 2007 fiscal year, one will be awarded in FY 2008 and five will be awarded in FY 2009.
For those who aren’t single, something on the order of 7,000 new housing units have been created on the base under Camp Pendleton’s Family Housing Program within the past five years.
“We have another 1,200 units planned and 924 of those have been programmed for funding,” Sykes said, adding that the cost of this housing plan will also be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Sykes explained that unlike the bachelor enlisted quarters, the family housing is constructed with public/private partnerships.
The family housing (including the more than 700 newly-constructed units in the De Luz area of Camp Pendleton) is being built by a joint venture of El Paso-based Hunt Building Co., Dallas-based apartment builder Lincoln Property Co. and Clark Realty of Virginia.
Clark is a sister company of Clark Construction that was a co-builder of Petco Park. Lincoln has developed apartment units in San Diego County.
The homes and apartment units are being constructed as part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), that allows private sector real estate developers, builders and property managers to partner with the Department of Defense.
Hunt has worked with the Department of Defense in the development of 24 MHPI projects totaling more than 32,000 units with project costs in excess of $5 billion.
There are plenty of other types of projects at Pendleton During the next two years, a new “Wounded Warrior” 100-room, 200-bed barracks will be created in about 62,000 square feet for injured soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“These will have larger, queen-sized beds and will have ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access,” Sykes added.
While housing and all the infrastructure necessary to support it is a major part of the Camp Pendleton picture, there are also hundreds of millions of dollars worth of other projects.
There may be the occasional roadblock, however.
The 125,000-acre, 250-square-mile base that prevents one giant megalopolis from Los Angeles to San Diego, must not only balance its growth within a defense budget, but must do so while preserving 18 endangered species.
“We work closely with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on this,” Sykes said.
Sykes said the good news for Pendleton is that most of the future development areas are not in sensitive habitat areas.
A big question mark for Pendleton is what will happen with the proposed Route 241 toll road that would cut across the base between Oso Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita to Basilone Road at Interstate 5 in San Onofre.
The California Coastal Commission has rejected the plan, which has since been appealed to the Commerce Department. A ruling is expected by this fall.
Camp Pendleton officials have elected to take a neutral position on the proposal.
In the meantime, Pendleton has an array of projects that have nothing to do with roads or long-term housing.
One of those is a $14 million design/build project for a new lodge (photo on page 1B). RJC Architects, a local architecture and planning company, is building the facility in conjunction with Bonsall-based RQ Construction.
The project will feature 69 ocean view rooms and suites, a landscaped courtyard and children’s play and picnic areas in the heart of Camp Pendleton.
The new 50,662-square-foot, four-story lodge will be adjacent to the existing South Mesa Club.
Construction of the project, which will be the newest of the Inns of the Corps managed by Marine Corps Community Services, is expected to begin in July with completion slated for June 2009.
RQ Construction was also recently awarded a $54.5 million contract to design/build the Marine Corps Special Operations Command Headquarters (MARSOC).
The eventual six-building, 223,000-square-foot complex will include such functions as a supply warehouse, an academic facility and an armory among other uses. The project is slated for completion in 2010.
Sykes explained that the base, with the help of RQ Construction and other contractors, is in the midst of a multi-year process to upgrade the base’s multiple armories to 21st century standards.
“Weapons have gotten much more sophisticated. Old armories can’t handle this equipment,” Sykes said.
In addition, RQ Construction is developing a $14.8 million to design and build a communications and electronics repair building. That complex is to be completed in May 2009.
Finally, the San Diego office of Soltek Pacific Construction is currently building a planned $6.1 million, 25,000-square-foot physical education facility.
Construction includes spaces for racquetball and basketball courts with wood floors, telescoping bleachers, aerobics, weight and cardiovascular training areas, restrooms, lockers, showers, saunas, equipment storage, laundry and administrative support areas.
The physical education facility is slated for completion in June 2009.