NAVFAC awards $178M contract for AAFB housing project

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific on Friday awarded a $178 million firm-fixed price contract to Black Construction Corp. for housing project at Andersen Air Force Base, bringing to more than $1 billion the total amount of contracts awarded for Guam projects this month.

According to NAVFAC Public Affairs Office, the Black Construction contract covers the replacement of Andersen Housing Phases I, II and III at Naval Support Activity Andersen. “The work to be performed includes the construction of duplex buildings of reinforced concrete and/or pre-cast reinforced concrete typhoon shelter/housing structures. The new duplex buildings replace an equivalent number of existing duplexes,” NAVFAC said.

The project is expected to be completed in June 2022.

“The new housing units are to be designed vent-less and using hot humid design principles that apply to the Guam environment,” NAVFAC said. “These housing unit structures are to be built with reinforced concrete foundations, concrete floors, concrete walls, and concrete sloped roofs designed to withstand Guam's frequent typhoons.” This was the latest in a series of contract awards for defense projects on Guam, indicating that the military buildup on island would continue to ramp up despite the Pentagon’s decision to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funds to fund the wall projects at the Mexican border.

Earlier this week, NAVFAC awarded Modern International Inc., a Guam company, a firm-f