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County to receive $785 million in stimulus funds for military construction

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The federal government's efforts to stimulate the economy opened doors for construction and environmental work at military installations across the country. And San Diego County received a significant amount of that funding.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included $7.4 billion for Department of Defense projects. Of that amount, $785 million will go toward Department of the Navy work in San Diego County.

ARRA projects include those that already had been identified as requirements but for which no funding had been allocated, said Navy Capt. Steve Wirsching, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, which is overseeing the work.

"The Recovery Act funds have allowed us to move forward on initiatives that will improve living and working conditions for our sailors and Marines," he said.

There also was an emphasis on environmental efforts -- something the Navy already was working toward in other projects.

"Energy conservation and renewable energy projects were one of our main priorities for Recovery Act funds," Wirshing said. "These projects allow us to accelerate an already important Navy initiative to reduce reliance on brown energy, and helps us reduce our utility costs in the future."

In issuing these contracts, NAVFAC Southwest is working to meet its goals for awards going to small businesses.

As of the end of July, 40 percent of contracts by dollar value went to small businesses, Wirsching said. And he said non-small business contracts include "aggressive small business goals."

Most ARRA contracts will be issued in fiscal year 2009 with a few slated for 2010.

Navy Region Southwest ARRA Projects already awarded for work at Navy installations in San Diego County:

* $813,000 to MTM Builders on April 6 to replace roof mounted boilers at bachelor quarters 3144 and bachelor quarters 3150 at Naval Station San Diego (ST09-0561)

* $637,000 to Q-MAX Construction Co. on April 7 to replace the metal roof at the bachelor quarters building, SCI, at Naval Base Coronado (ST09-0605)

* $778,000 to Pacific West Builders on April 29 to repair and modernize 13 living units in bachelor quarters, building 554 at Naval Base Point Loma (RM525-08)

* $216,000 to Allen Engineering Contractor Inc. on May 21 to restore mycology clinical spaces at Naval Medical Center San Diego (TMA-N13)

* Synergy Electric Co. on June 30 to replace the inverter for a 750KW Solar array at Naval Station San Diego as part of a $910,000 program (RM09-1454)

* Synergy Electric Co. received a contract July 20 to install photovoltaic systems at various Navy installations as part of a $31.8 million program (RM09-1440)

Other NAVFAC Southwest ARRA projects slated for FY 2009 and 2010 at Navy installations in San Diego County:

* Whole bachelor quarters modernization, buildings 14 and 15, at Naval Station San Diego with award projected for Aug. 31

* Repair and modernize Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Building 55 at Naval Station San Diego with award projected for Aug. 31

* Repair and modernize DDG1000 training facility at Naval Station San Diego with award projected for Sept. 1

* Facility energy improvements, phase 3, at Naval Base Point Loma with award projected for Sept. 15

* Facility energy improvements, phase 3, at Naval Base Coronado with award projected for Sept. 15

* Facility energy improvements, phase 3, at Naval Station San Diego with award projected for Sept. 15

* Restore aged and deteriorated cooling towers at NMCSD with award projected for Sept. 30

* Child care center 24/7 at Naval Base Coronado with award projected for Sept. 30

* Restore interior spaces for mental health clinic and deployment health center at NMCSD with award projected for Sept. 30

* Bachelor enlisted quarters at Naval Base Coronado with award projected for Sept. 30

* Photovoltaic system at Naval Base Coronado with award projected for Sept. 30

* Child development center at Naval Base Point Loma with award projected for Sept. 30

* Photovoltaic system at Naval Base San Diego with award projected for Sept. 30

* Whole bachelor quarters modernization, building 783, at Naval Base Coronado with award projected for Dec. 30

* Whole bachelor quarters modernization, building 787 at Naval Base Coronado with award projected for Dec. 30

* Photovoltaic system at SPAWAR San Diego with award projected for June 30, 2010

ARRA projects slated for FY 2009 funding at Marine Corps installations in San Diego County:

* Repair Chief Naval Aviation and Technical Training Buildings at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton

* Repair bachelor enlisted quarters at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Repair gas pipe 31 area at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Repair bachelor enlisted quarters 24083 at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Repair Gas Pipe 62 Area at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Repair Gas Pipe 53 Area at MCAS Camp Pendleton

* Repair Gas Pipe 52 Area at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Repair Gas Pipe 43 Area at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Photovoltaic system at MCAS Camp Pendleton

* Photovoltaic system at MCAS Miramar

* Install solar lights at MCAS Miramar

* Facility energy improvements at MCAS Miramar

* Repair HVAC and boilers aircraft rescue and fire fighting at MCAS Camp Pendleton

* Repair obstacle course and track at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

* Repair HVAC Mess Hall Dining Facility at MCRD San Diego

* Reconfigure work spaces of aircraft rescue and fire fighting building at MCAS Camp Pendleton

* Repair recruit underwater survival facility at MCRD San Diego

* Repair roof/HVAC 21 area at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Repair roof/HVAC 1100 area at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Repair roof and HVAC Hq area at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Repair Fire Pump Utility Building 2390 at MCAS Camp Pendleton

* Improvements to Fire Pump Utility Building 2390 at MCAS Camp Pendleton

* Restoration to dental clinic mechanical systems and interior finishes at the Naval hospital at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Child development center at MCB Camp Pendleton

* Photovoltaic system at MCRD San Diego

* Photovoltaic system at MCB Camp Pendleton

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