The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast has awarded contracts to five businesses to deliver construction works for certain projects.

The $240m indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) design-build multiple award construction contract (IDIQ-MACC) is related to projects at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida, US, and the NAVAC Southeast area of responsibility (AOR).

One of the contracts was awarded to the Archer Western Federal JV to construct the P427 littoral combat ship (LCS) Operational Trainer Facility (LTF) at NS Mayport.

The company is expected to complete the work for the task order by January 2021.

“This increased LCS training capacity will allow the 14 LCS expected to call Mayport home.”

Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two commander captain Shawn Johnston said: “The LTF provides innovative, immersive, virtual reality training for LCS crews which allow them to be better prepared for the operational scenarios they will encounter at sea.

“It is not surprising that many other ship classes will begin to utilise similar high fidelity simulators. This increased LCS training capacity will allow the 14 LCS expected to call Mayport home.”

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The LCS crew training is based on a virtual ship-centric concept and will involve classroom instruction, vendor training, shore-based trainers and sophisticated virtual reality training systems.

The new training facility is designed to provide necessary training and certifications to LCS crews before their deployment.

Under the IDIQ-MACC contract, the businesses will work on general building type projects such as industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, training, dormitory, and community support facilities.

The scope of the work includes new construction, renovation, alteration, demolition, and repair work.

Apart from the Archer Western Federal JV, other businesses chosen for the contract include B.L. Harbert International, The Haskell Company, The Korte Company, and Mortenson Construction.

To be performed in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, the NAVFAC contract has an expected completion date of February 2024.