EGLIN AFB – A Niceville-based environmental, construction, emergency management and response services company has been awarded a $ 10 million contract to construct an ammunition research, development, test and evaluation facility at Eglin Air Base, according to a recent US Department of Defense (DoD) contract award announcement.
EMR Inc. was one of four companies to bid, according to the DoD. Work on the new facility is expected to be completed by May 4, 2023, the DoD continued in its Nov. 10 announcement of the contract award, which was made through the US Army Corps of Engineers at Mobile, Alabama.
EMR has been in Northwest Florida since 2007, when it opened an office in the area to better serve its government and railroad clients, according to the company‘s website.
The company has done significant work in the area, including a 2010 $ 20 million contract in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a 2015 contract to build the control tower To Destin Executive Airport awarded by the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners.
The control tower project was recognized for “outstanding achievements in aesthetics, safety and airport service in the state of Florida,” notes the company’s website.
In 2017, EMR won the $ 17 million design and build contract for housing at Corry Station, part of Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The following year EMR moved its headquarters to Niceville, and also in 2018 the company won two construction contracts in Eglin. One of those contracts included the renovation of an existing building to sensitive compartment information facilities standards, in order to provide secure communications to 53 Wing, headquartered in Eglin.
In other recent DoD contract awards with a local connection, Destin-based Southeastern Industrial Barlovento JV-2 LLC is one of eight companies in the United States to have won at least part of a set of $ 249 million in US Navy construction projects. Southeastern Industrial Barlovento was among 30 companies to bid for the work, according to a DoD contract award announcement on Nov. 9.
Work under the contract will be split roughly evenly between sites in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, with all projects to be completed by the end of 2026, according to the award announcement.
The contract was awarded by Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida.
In an unrelated Navy contracting decision as Naval Air Station Pensacola continues its recovery from Hurricane Sally in 2020, Leebcor Services LLC, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., Recently secured an amendment to $ 10 million to a previously issued contract for work at NAS Pensacola.
The ongoing salvage work covered by the contract with the design and build contracting company is expected to be completed by September 2023, according to the DoD contract award announcement.
Beyond the contract awarded to EMR at Eglin, the base has been the subject of considerable contractual activity in recent days.
For example, Eglin is expected to see some of the work done on a $ 20.3 million contract amendment awarded to aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin for supporting digital reprogramming needs. of the F-35 stealth fighter aircraft.
Most of the work is expected to be done at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas, but 10% of the contract requirements will be met at Eglin, which hosts a software installation for the fifth-generation fighter. Work on the contract is expected to be completed in May 2022, according to the DoD.
The contract amendment was awarded by Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland.
Eglin is also one of the sites where work on a contract modification recently awarded to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., which is part of Lockheed Martin, will be carried out, according to a DoD announcement on November 19.
According to the announcement, work on the $ 21 million contract amendment will include maintenance and testing of components of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter operated by the Marine Corps. Eglin will be responsible for 11% of the work to be done under the contract, according to the DoD.
On the other side of the contract arena, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) in Eglin recently awarded a number of contracts.
The most significant is a five-year, $ 97.3 million contract amendment awarded to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando for ongoing work related to long-range air-to-surface missiles. Work under the contract will be performed in Orlando and Troy, Alabama, according to the DoD contract award announcement.
The $ 97.3 million contract amendment follows AFLCMC’s recent $ 13.5 million contract award to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control for the replacement of control system components. ‘an air-to-surface missile.
In addition, the AFLCMC recently awarded a $ 7.8 million contract to the aerospace and defense contractor of Boeing for modifications to the purchase of the GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 30,000-pound precision-guided bomb used by the Air Force known colloquially as a “bunker dude.” Work under the contract is expected to be completed by May 10, 2023.