Alaska firms win major military contracts at Forts Wainwright, Greely

FAIRBANKS — Alaska companies have landed major federal contracts for construction projects at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks and Fort Greely outside Delta Junction.

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded American Mechanical Inc. of Fairbanks more than $38 million in projects at the Army posts.

Two Anchorage contractors, Watterson Construction Co. and Unit Co., also had winning bids.

Chris Tew, chief of the Army Corps of Engineers contracting division, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner it is uncommon for Alaska firms to claim so much significant work.

“That’s unusual when that happens, but all of these were very competitive,” Tew said.

The Corps awarded Watterson a $67.8 million contract to build a 135,000-square-foot aviation hangar and a helicopter apron at Fort Wainwright. The facilities will be used by UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and smaller Kiowa helicopters.

Work should begin this summer, said project manager John Jordan, with completion scheduled for April 2013.

Unit Co. won a $10.3 million contract to build an operations facility for the aviation unit. The project includes administration and warehouse space. A completion date of November 2012 is planned.

American Mechanical’s work will include construction of organizational storage space at Fort Wainwright. It includes a 14,300-square-foot building and a recreational vehicle parking lot. The $7.8 million contract also calls for demolition of two warehouse and industrial buildings on post.

A separate AMI contract awards $14.1 million to complete the Taku Gardens housing project. The project includes 110 single family units and supporting facilities. The project stalled when contaminated soil was found at the building site. Tew said the project is moving forward after significant clean-up.

The Corps also awarded American Mechanical a $16.3 million contract to build a new 28,000-square-foot fire station at Fort Greely. Fire response demands have grown since Fort Greely became a missile defense site in 2002, Tew said, adding about $500 million in new infrastructure.

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