Rear Adm. John Adametz, who heads Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific, visits Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz, Guam on June 9, 2021. (Andrew King / US Marine Corps)
The U.S. Navy placed two contracts totaling $ 579.5 million with a Guam-based construction company to build five multi-story barracks and a fire station at the new Marine Corps base in Guam.
Core Tech-HDCC-Kajima LLC of Tamunig, Guam, won the contracts on August 5th, according to a press release from Naval Facility Engineering Systems Command Pacific on the day.
The Japanese government is paying for construction under an agreement with the United States to relocate some of the Marine Corp’s aerospace facilities from Okinawa.
The first contract is a $ 546 million, fixed-price, fixed-price contract for five multi-story bachelor apartments. The second contract for $ 33.5 million for the fire station is also a fixed-price contract.
“It is exciting to see all the progress and extensive efforts that are being made to ensure its efficient, safe and responsible construction,” said Camp Blaz Commandant Marine Col. Christopher Bopp in the release. “I look forward to continuing the build-up while working and collaborating with our common and regional partners.”
The Marines activated Camp Blaz near Andersen Air Force Base in October 2020, marking the first new marine installation commissioned since Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia, opened in 1952.
The base is expected to be 5,000 members of the III. Marine Expeditionary Force scheduled to move out of Okinawa over the next five years.
Only 1,300 Marines will be permanently stationed at Camp Blaz, with an additional 3,700 arriving as rotational forces in the same way that a Marine Air-Ground Task Force trains each summer in Australia’s Northern Territory.
The five barracks are the first of eight planned for Camp Blaz over the next few years. Each barrack comprises a six-story tower with 300 rooms, a communal core building, an outside laundry and a farm building. Features include a small outdoor gazebo, sand volleyball court, basketball court, and horseshoe pit.
Rear Adm. John Adametz, commander of Naval Facility Engineering Systems Command Pacific, described the barracks contract as “the largest of the contracts planned for the construction of Camp Blaz,” according to the announcement. The construction work should be completed by May 2026.
The contract with the fire station calls for a low reinforced concrete building at Camp Blaz’s naval support activity. It will also include information systems to measure the seismic, typhoon and tropical environmental conditions of Guam. The construction work should be completed by December 2023.
Brig. General Daniel Conley, commandant of the Marine Corps Installation Command, described Camp Blaz as “a permanent forward presence in the Indo-Pacific,” the news release said. He said the Japanese financing of the construction shows both the unity between Japan and the US and “joint investments in their future.”
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