Navy Capt.Steve Stasick, left, officer in charge of construction at Marine Corps Marianas, briefs Maj. Gen. Edward Banta, commandant of the Marine Corps Installations Command, at Camp Blaz, Guam, June 28, 2021. (Andrew King / U.S. Marine Corps)

The Navy placed two additional construction contracts this week for a total of $ 134.5 million for facilities at Camp Blaz, the new Marine Corps base in Guam, which is expected to receive troops from Okinawa.

The Cadell-Nan joint venture of Montgomery, Alabama, won a $ 36.5 million contract Tuesday to build the camp at Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, according to a press release from Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command that day.

In a separate press release dated the same day, the command announced that the Black Construction-Tutor Perini joint venture based in Harmon, Guam, had won a $ 98 million contract to build the bachelor officer’s quarters.

The Navy has placed $ 936.5 million in contracts to build parts of Camp Blaz since the Marine Corps opened the base in October 2020. It is the first new marine installation since Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia, opened in 1952.

Camp Blaz is expected to have 5,000 members of III. Marine Expeditionary Force who are scheduled to move out of Okinawa over the next five years.

Japan is paying $ 3 billion to build parts of Camp Blaz, including the officers’ quarters and camp, as part of the Defense Policy Review Initiative, an agreement to relocate some of the Marine Corp’s aviation facilities from Okinawa. The US is spending another $ 5.7 billion.

Will Boudra, director of the Guam Program Management Office for Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific Guam, said in the press release that the officer’s quarters contract awarded all 18 construction projects under the 2021 fiscal year agreement.

The plans for the bachelor officer’s quarters include a residential tower and a one-story communal wing. Completion of the building is planned for May 2024.

The warehouse should be ready by 2023.

“This project provides a general support warehouse required for warehouse and administrative space to support the sales management office, basic supplies, catering services, and general administration in day-to-day operations,” said Grant Nakata, Design Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific, in the release.

Cadell-Nan, the warehouse builder, already has two contracts valued at approximately $ 304 million to build three of eight planned bachelor quarters at the base, according to the company’s website.

This week’s contract announcements limit a number of awards since October.

Chugach Consolidated Solutions LLC of Anchorage, Alaska, won an $ 8 million contract to build a combat training facility on Aug. 13, according to a Navy press release.

Core Tech-HDCC-Kajima LLC of Tamunig, Guam, received two contracts valued at $ 579.5 million on August 5 to build the remaining five multi-story barracks and a fire station. The company won a $ 45 million contract in May to build the Blaz medical and dental clinic.

Only 1,300 Marines will be permanently stationed at Camp Blaz, with another 3,700 coming as rotation forces.

Alex Wilson



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