By: Mary Beth Hewett – Construction News Reporter
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) has initiated a program to replace or significantly renovate over 100 DODEA schools in the US and abroad at a projected cost of $3.7 billion. From now until 2016, aging facilities will be replaced with state-of-the-art schools to support dependent education for the next 45 years. Most DODEA schools were built during the Cold War – some are pre-World War II – and the lack of major upgrades over the years has led to deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating and cooling systems.
Fort Knox and Fort Campbell currently have a combined total of 13 schools that will positively benefit from this program. Estimates indicate renovations will range from $3 – $5 million, and rebuilds will range from $36 – $48 million. Fort Campbell alone represents school replacement projects valued at approximately $210 million (FY 13 – 17). DODEA has identified the following schools to replace or renovate, with approximate total project cost estimate (PA) and the year the project solicitation will be issued:
Kingsolver/Pierce Elementary School (2012) – $39M
Van Voorhis/Mudge Elementary School (2014) – $41M
Walker/Macdonald Intermediate School (2015) – $43M
Fort Knox High School Addition/Renovation (2015) – $3M
Scott Middle School (2015) – $37M
Barkley Elementary School (2013) – $42M
Wassom Middle School (2014) – $38M
Marshall Elementary School (2014) – $44M
Fort Campbell High School Addition/Renovation (2014) – $30M
Jackson Elementary School (2015) – $44M
Lincoln Elementary School (2016) – $47M
KY District Superintendent’s Office (2016) – $5M
Mahaffey Middle School (2017) – $48M
Design of these projects has previously been awarded under seven Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts through the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers. IDIQ contracts are used to provide an indefinite quantity of supplies or services during a fixed period of time, and this method was used to assign design services for these 13 projects.
Information at this time indicates it is likely that construction contracts will be acquired by the geographic support district as fixed price, competitively solicited contracts, on a project-by-project basis.
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