The new contract has been awarded by the US Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific in support of the Defence Policy Review Initiative, and has received funding from the Government of Japan as part of the international agreement between the two nations.
USMC Forces Pacific commander lieutenant general David Berger said: “This effort is a big step in strengthening Guam, as part of the Marianas strategic hub, ensuring the Marine Corps' ability to sustain a forward presence within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
The Granite-Obayashi JV will prepare a site within the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Site (NCTS) Finegayan boundary as part of the Marine Corps relocation project.
The site covers an area of roughly 400 acres and will be used for the construction of operational, administrative and bachelor housing structures that will comprise the new Marine Corps base.
NAVFAC Pacific commander rear admiral John Korka said: “This project exemplifies our commitment to both environmental stewardship and the defence of our nation.
“Our goal in designing and building this project is to balance the commitment to the environment with the mission to relocate Marines to Guam.”
The scope of the project also includes the development of utilities, roads and other infrastructure in anticipation of various follow-on construction projects that are slated to begin in the fiscal year 2020.
The JV will also be responsible for clearing the site of unexploded ordnance and munitions of explosive concern as part of the arrangement.