Navy Will Award Hangar Contract at NAS Whidbey Island

by WhidbeyLocal 31st January 2019

This week the Navy will award a design-build contract for a maintenance hangar and supporting facilities at NAS Whidbey Island's Ault Field and authorize the contractor to begin the design of the project.  Construction will not commence until the Navy approves the final design (anticipated no sooner than summer 2019).

 

Regarding the planned increased EA-18G Growler operations at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, the Navy terminated consultation under Section

106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) on 30 Nov 2018.  The Navy did so only after extensive discussions with the Washington State

Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and other consulting parties failed to reach agreement on mitigation to offset indirect impacts of increased flight

operations on the landscape of Ebey's Reserve.

 

The Navy's termination initiated a 45-day period during which the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is required to conduct a review of

the NHPA consultation record, solicit comments from stakeholders and the public, and provide ACHP comments to the Navy on the proposed action. 

 

The partial government shutdown resulted in the closure of the ACHP and interrupted the ACHP's 45-day review, delaying completion of the NHPA

process.  In order to avoid impacts that would have an unacceptable effect on the Navy's ability to accomplish the vital Electronic Attack mission

worldwide, this week the Navy will award a design-build contract for a maintenance hangar and supporting facilities at NAS Whidbey Island's Ault

Field and authorize the contractor to begin the design of the project. 

 

Construction will not commence until the Navy approves the final design (anticipated no sooner than summer 2019).  In the event the contractor's

design work is completed before the Navy completes NHPA consultation andissues a Record of Decision, the Navy has the authority under the terms of

the contract to suspend work or terminate the contract. 

 

For more information on this contract award, please call Mr. Ted Brown at (757) 836-4427.

Posted by WhidbeyLocal
Thursday 31st, January 2019 09:27pm.

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