October 10, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently presented Awards of Excellence to two CMS-led joint venture projects performed for the US Navy.
The Design-Build Port Operations Waterfront Facility at Marine Corps Support Facility (MCSF), Jacksonville, FL, and the Design-Build Repair Trident Refit Facility Dry Dock project at Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Kings Bay, GA, were recognized by ABC for excellence in construction at the ABC Awards Gala September 25 in Indianapolis.
The new 12,000-sf Port Operations Waterfront Facility consolidates MCSF administrative operations into a single, state-of-the-art, two-story structure overlooking the St. Johns River. An exterior wall of glass windows provides ample natural light and an expansive view of a large Navy staging and shipping area. The structure was built to withstand gale force winds and high humidity conditions, while meeting anti-terrorism/force protection requirements. Designed and constructed to LEED Silver standards for sustainability and energy efficiency, the Port Operations Waterfront Facility has been submitted to the US Green Building Council for official certification. The project was completed with an exemplary safety record with zero accidents or injuries over 34,000 work hours at the site.
At NSB Kings Bay, the Trident Refit Facility is the largest covered dry dock in the world. The facility provides logistics support for the modernization and repair of Trident submarines that circumnavigate the globe. Massive pumps, motors, valves, actuators, annunciators, flow meters, controls, HVAC equipment, and grates were repaired or replaced under a tight operational timeline. All work was performed in phases to accommodate a rotational schedule of submarines entering and leaving the dry dock. Since the area was protected by high-level Government security measures, daily entrances for contractors and other non-Government personnel created a daily logistical/scheduling challenge. To accommodate the rotational schedule of submarines coming in and out of the dry dock, renovations and repairs were finished, sealed, and tested in sections, which required precise coordination efforts and frequent meetings with the dock supervisor. The project was completed on time with without interruption to NSB operations, while earning the Navy’s STAR award for safety program excellence and leadership.