YIR: Honolulu District builds a better Pacific Region, Army

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
FORT SHAFTER — Jon Hosaka (right), mechanical engineer, 565th Eng. Det., FEST-A, shares a laugh with USACE-Honolulu District ohana at a redeployment ceremony at District headquarters in January. (Photo by Joseph Bonfiglio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER — Jon Hosaka (right), mechanical engineer, 565th Eng. Det., FEST-A, shares a laugh with USACE-Honolulu District ohana at a redeployment ceremony at District headquarters in January. (Photo by Joseph Bonfiglio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Honolulu District Public Affairs

HONOLULU — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District staff supported military construction, transformation and initiatives on Hawaii Army posts that included opening a new barracks; continued construction of a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient barracks at Helemano Military Reservation; the new Warrior in Transition barracks and complex; ongoing South Range Projects; Quad D renovations at Schofield Barracks; the Combat Aviation Brigade Phase 1 at Wheeler Army Airfield; and the Command and Control Facility at Fort Shafter.

In the face of national fiscal uncertainty and sequestration issues during 2013, the District remained committed to sustaining the high quality of service it offers customers, partners and stakeholders. The District ohana demonstrated an unwavering willingness to work as a team to deliver projects and services, focused on quality and timeliness, as well as providing community outreach to the local and state.

Unique partnerships were initiated with military wounded warriors and for professional development within the Eng. Regiment. The District also began a partnership with local, state and federal agencies for the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative and provided support for the Waikoloa formerly used defense site Sandalwood Project Outreach Initiative.

In late January, the Corps welcomed home the eight-man, District-based 565th Eng. Detachment, Forward Eng. Support Team-Advance, with a redeployment ceremony at District headquarters to mark the official end of its successful eight-month deployment in Afghanistan.

In early February, 72 people eagerly crammed into a District conference room to attend Safety and Health Training for Small Business Contractors. The free, four-hour training was geared primarily for small business contractors in Hawaii.

Leaders from the District joined forces with Navy officials for a maile lei untying and blessing ceremony in March to officially open the Corps-renovated Building 22 at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, near Wahiawa. This project involved a major design-build renovation of historic Building 22 — a building that houses the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii, Naval Branch Annex Wahiawa. The facility provides medical and dental services for the Navy community and other DOD personnel assigned there.

Throughout the year, Honolulu District developed working relationships with two wounded warrior units: the Warrior Transition Battalion based at Schofield Barracks and the Marine Wounded Warrior Detachment based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, to help assist these organizations to transition warriors and families from injury, illness or disease to duty or veteran status.

More than 80 Corps of Eng. general contractors and District engineers attended a safety conference in mid-August, sponsored by the District’s Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks Area Offices in the Schofield Barracks post conference room. The annual event was held to promote job site safety awareness and provide a venue to discuss best safety practices being used on Corps project sites.

In late October, officials from USACE, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and Absher Construction opened a new $35.3 million barracks on Montague Street that will house Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

District contract actions signify the Corps’ commitment to provide high-quality facilities to the armed forces and to protect and improve the lives of the people of Hawaii and the region.

Honolulu District is responsible for major military design and construction, civil works, international and interagency support, real estate services to the Army and Air Force, regulatory work, environmental services and emergency management.

Major military construction contracts awarded in 2013

•$10.165 million for the renovation of the Aloha Center, Building 690, Schofield Barracks

•$7.96 Million for the Repair of Castner Substation, Schofield Barracks

The District completed a successful fiscal year 2013, during which 513 contract actions were awarded totaling $196,347,764.00. Although the total was far less than previous years, the District awarded $114.9 million, or 59.6 percent, of its total FY13 new contract and task order dollars to small businesses, which exceeded the yearly Corps of Engineers small business contract award goal of 43.3 percent.

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