Carothers Construction has been awarded a design-build construction contract from the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast to build an aircraft maintenance hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina.

As part of the first task order under the $240m IDIQ multiple award contract, Carothers will build a 21st century hangar for the US Navy’s new fifth-generation fighters, the F-35 Lightning II.

"The new hangar is designed to support and accommodate the F-35’s unique operational and maintenance requirements."

Work under the initial task order, which is valued at $34.4m, also includes general building type projects, including industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, training and dormitory and community support facilities.

MCAS Beaufort Site Activation Task Force programme manager Troy Ward said: "The new hangar is designed to support and accommodate the F-35’s unique operational and maintenance requirements."

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The hangar project, which is scheduled for completion in September 2016, also involves construction, renovation, alteration, demolition and renovation work.

Ward added: "The existing hangars were designed and built to accommodate legacy aircraft almost 60 years ago.

"They have reached the end of their useful life and renovating or expanding the existing hangars would not be cost effective.

"We’re building a 21st century facility here to support our new fifth-generation fighters, the Lightning II."

In addition to Carothers, other contractors under the IDIQ contract include Archer Western Construction, Brasfield and Gorrie General Contractors, Hensel Phelps Construction and M.A. Mortenson Construction.

The 36-month contract is expected to be completed by August 2017.

Defence Technology