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Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest began construction of a $7.2 million model field office for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Feb. 2.

The facility will serve as a prototype for future design projects for NCIS buildings worldwide.

The new 21,753 square-foot facility will house spaces for administrative offices, state-of-the-art information technology, forensic interrogations, surveillances and investigation, evidence preparation, evidence storage, terrorism squad-counter intelligence, training and exercise functions.

Exterior features will include improvements in site utilities, access roads, parking for government and private vehicles, secured paved area for evidence storage, exterior lighting, landscaping, irrigation, erosion control and storm water management.

NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counterintelligence command of the Department of the Navy. It works closely with local, state, federal and foreign agencies to counter and investigate the most serious crimes of terrorism, espionage, computer intrusion, homicide, rape, child abuse, arson and procurement fraud.

NAVFAC Southwest is managing the construction project. Primary contractor is Soltek Pacific of San Diego. Michael Baker Jr. Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., is the architect and engineer firm for the project.

NAVFAC Southwest plans to complete construction in fall 2010. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Jan. 15.

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