Contract awarded for construction of weapons complex at Andersen

ON THE FLIGHT LINE: U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Misawa Air Base, Japan, sit on the flight line during Cope North 21 at Andersen Air Force Base on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Andersen will be the site of a $42 million weapons complex project with a 2023 completion date. Senior Airman Jonathan Valdes Montijo/U.S. Air Force

A California-based company has been awarded a $41.94 million contract to build a “standoff weapons complex” at Andersen Air Force Base.

An announcement from the Department of Defense, dated Feb. 25, states the project includes the construction of a site for missile maintenance and assembly; earth-covered magazines; and munition storage units called Hayman Igloos. Improvements will also be made to existing roadways that will help with weight-bearing capacity needed to handle munitions trailers from facilities within the complex.

In 2017, Granite-Obayashi JV of Watsonville, California, also was awarded a $165 million contract related to the development of the Marine Corps base on Guam.

The 2017 contract is for the utilities and site improvements, Phase I. Granite’s portion of the contract is 55%, according to Businesswire.

The joint venture brought together two subsidiaries of construction business giants.

Granite Construction Inc. is a multibillion-dollar U.S. company involved in construction and mining. Obayashi Corp. is one of Japan’s leading publicly listed construction firms with projects worldwide, and which built the Tokyo Skytree landmark in Japan, the Post previously reported.

Work on the new weapons complex is scheduled to be completed by March 2023, according to the DOD announcement.

The contract was awarded by Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. It was competitively procured and three proposals were received, according to the announcement.

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