Atlantic Electric to Replace Airfield Lighting at NAS JRB New Orleans
Small business qualifier Atlantic Electric in N. Charleston, SC won a $14.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for repair and replacement of airfield lighting at Naval Air Station (NAS) Joint Reserve Base (JRB) New Orleans in Louisiana. Atlantic Electric will demolish and replace runway lights, guidance signs, taxiway lights with LED, transformers/ pads, electrical conduits and circuits, main 5kv feed, control panels, threshold lights, wave off lights, handholds, vaults, helipad lighting system and wind socks.
The proposed construction will also consist of repaving shoulders on Runway 4-22, Runway 14-32, Taxiways A, B, J & K, along with adjacent shoulder areas for the purpose of providing positive drainage runoff. Portions of some runway and taxiway areas themselves will require demolition and replacement.
Atlantic Electric expects to complete the work by April 2011. Funds for this project are provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 4 proposals received by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in Jacksonville, FL (N69450-09-C-0762).
NAS JRB New Orleans is located 12 miles south of downtown New Orleans…
NAS JRB New Orleans is 1 of 3 JRBs in the USA that serve and house commands from various branches of the US armed services. NAS JRB New Orleans currently supports 3 US Naval Air Squadrons, 2 US Marine units, a US Coast Guard Air Station, a Louisiana Air National Guard detachment, a US Army unit, a Fleet Readiness Center, a US Navy Reserve Operational Support Center, and other support units.
Nearly 5,000 military and US Department of Defense civilian employees work at the base daily, and approximately 1,700 family members live in more than 900 newly built or renovated housing units.
NAS JRB New Orleans maintains a 24-hour operational capability to support launches and recoveries of US Coast Guard Sea-Air Rescue, US Customs Alert, and 159th Fighter Group/Louisiana Air National Guard, North American Air Defense Command alert requirements, notes Globalsecurity.org.
The base provides US Navy, US Air Force Reserve and US Air National Guard units the training ground for an array of fighter aircraft. Staging “mini-wars” over the Gulf of Mexico, F-18, F-16 and F-15 pilots engage in training air battles. For Air Force units based at NAS JRB New Orleans, these mini-wars offer vital dissimilar fighter training that many organizations elsewhere receive sporadically. But it’s an everyday happening for the Reserve’s 926th Fighter Wing (F-16s) and the Louisiana ANG’s 159th Fighter Group (F-15s).