Year in Review: Corps of Engineers’ work, contracts benefit military, community

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Cadets from the Punahou JROTC program clean up the beach berm at Fort DeRussy, April 10, 2010, as part of the USACE’s and City and County of Honolulu’s Earth Day 2010 Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. (Joseph Bonfiglio | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

Cadets from the Punahou JROTC program clean up the beach berm at Fort DeRussy, April 10, 2010, as part of the USACE’s and City and County of Honolulu’s Earth Day 2010 Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. (Joseph Bonfiglio | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- Honolulu District Public Affairs
News Release

 

FORT SHAFTER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District completed another successful fiscal year in 2010, awarding more than 680 high-value contract actions while also enhancing partnerships with U.S. Army-Hawaii and citizens of Hawaii.

USACE continues to provide high-quality facilities to the armed forces of the U.S., as the district awarded contract actions totaling more than $272.63 million, including more than $147 million to small business firms.

Among the many contract awards in FY 2010 were those for architect-engineer services for the design of FY’s 2011-2015 projects, phases one through four, of a command and control facility complex – the future home of U.S. Army-Pacific’s headquarters at Fort Shafter, for $21.52 million.

In January, USACE also awarded a $1.53 million contract to replace a roof and install two photovoltaic systems on Aliamanu Military Reservation buildings. The 47-kilowatt and 37-kilowatt photovoltaic systems were part of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded project.

In addition, a $2.72 million ARRA contract was awarded in January for the replacement of Schofield Barracks’ water treatment plant generator.

The new $27 million state-of-the-art, six-story Soldiers’ barracks complex on Fort Shafter officially opened April 15. The USACE-built complex houses 156 single Soldiers in 78-room units, boasts a special interior moisture-resistant wall paint and consumes 30-percent less energy than older barracks.

USACE also awarded a $9.2 million contract in August, to construct a new single-story, 10,000-square foot conference and technology learning center for the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki. The building will include a 108-person plenary space, seminar rooms and an ethno-botanical garden.

In September, a two-year, $7 million rehabilitation/restoration of Fort Shafter’s Aloha Center was completed after having overcome several building challenges. Specific portions of the center could not be demolished because of advanced age and need of major restoration/historic preservation requirements. Contractors carefully removed almost 65-percent of the original structure and then restored the facility to its original exterior appearance from the 1940s.

USACE completed a $874,000 renovation of Schofield Barracks’ historic 97-year-old Soldiers Chapel in October, which included repairing the sanctuary/altar area, adding an office addition, replacing damaged exterior wood siding and installing a new sidewalk around the chapel.

Throughout 2010, district personnel also provided guidance and expertise for several annual environmental events in Hawaii, including Earth Day, World Water Monitoring Day and National Public Lands Day. These events help protect and improve the lives of the people of Hawaii and the region.

More than 60 volunteers, including those from the Punahou High School JROTC program and members of the North America Taiwanese Association Hawaii Chapter, plus USACE employees and family members, joined forces April 10, to clean up the beach and berm behind USACE’s Pacific Regional Visitor Center at Fort DeRussy and the shoreline revetment at Kakaako Waterfront Park, as part of the City and County of Honolulu’s Earth Day 2010.

The district also partnered with the City and County of Honolulu Storm Water Quality Branch, the Hawaii Water Environment Association, Punahou High School Mamiya Science Center and nearly 120 Washington Middle School students, Sept. 21, for the first part of Oahu’s annual World Water Monitoring Day activities in the Makiki and Ala Wai watersheds.

More than 100 volunteers once again scoured Fort DeRussy and Kakaako Waterfront parks in Honolulu for trash, as part of National Public Lands Day, Sept. 25.

Soldiers from the 84th Engineer Battalion, Punahou High School JROTC students, the North America Taiwanese Women’s Association Hawaii Chapter and USACE employees attended the district-coordinated event.

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