Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) China Lake held the sixth groundbreaking ceremony on August 30 at the 2.7 billion Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake.

The existing two-story training building, which was the first permanent headquarters of the Naval Air Warfare Center, was badly damaged in the July 2019 earthquake. Replacing the damaged structure will be the US $ 19 million, 16,000-square-foot Academic Training Building, which will include a state-of-the-art applied technology laboratory, conference rooms, computer labs, and administrative rooms that will house the weapons division of the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWCWD ) will restore completely. Training capacities and improves the cooperation and innovation environment for more than 6,000 civil and military employees.

OICC China Lake Executive Officer Cmdr. Timothy Kaber served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, giving greetings before introducing Barnhart-Reese Construction Inc. – Chairman Doug Barnhart, NAWCWD – Director of Research and Development Harlan Kooima and OICC China Lake – Commanding Officer Captain Laurie Scott.

“Today is significant in many ways as it marks a new season of major breakthrough events in construction, with the Academic Training Facility being the first for projects awarded in FY21,” said Capt. Laurie Scott, OICC China Lake Commander. “We are fortunate to have a proven top performer in Barnhart Reese, whose diverse project portfolio throughout the Southwest will be of inestimable value for the construction of this modern facility.”

“Our mission is to develop and test the limits of new technology and weapon systems with a focus on creating the deadliest force the world knows,” said Harlan Kooima, NAWCWD director of research and development. “When completed, this academic training building will complement our state-of-the-art and unique laboratories by increasing the technical skills of our staff exponentially.”

“We are proud to partner with NAVFAC to design and build a new academic training building at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The original building was badly damaged by the July 2019 earthquake and we are committed to rebuilding this critical piece of infrastructure that provides training, technology labs and meeting rooms for the government to continue on their critical missions, “said West Reese, CEO Barnhart-Reese Construction, Inc.

Once established, the Academic Training Center will make a significant contribution to improving NAWCWD as a competence center to bring the integration of critical mission systems into the fleet.

NAWS China Lake is located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, approximately 150 miles north of Los Angeles. China Lake’s mission is to support the Navy’s RDT&E missions to provide state-of-the-art weapon systems to war fighters. The facility is the largest single property in the Navy. In total, the two areas and the main site cover more than 1.1 million acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.

OICC China Lake was established in August 2020 to oversee the design, procurement and execution of military construction and repair projects caused by the devastating damage from the 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes on July 4th and 5th 2019.

Recording date: 01/09/2021
Release Date: 03/09/2021 4:52 PM
Story ID: 404363
Location: RIDGECREST, CA, USA
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