Coast Guard awards contract for Rescue Swimmer Training Facility in Elizabeth City

NORFOLK, Va. – The Coast Guard Facilities Design and Construction Center awarded a $22.8 million contract Sept. 3, to The Oak Group, Inc., for the design and construction of the Coast Guard’s Rescue Swimmer Training Facility in Elizabeth City, N.C.

The project scope includes construction of a 50,000-square-foot facility that includes a 50-by-25 meter training pool, a Modular Egress Training Simulator pool, a fitness room, locker rooms, classrooms, laboratory spaces and offices.

The facility will allow the Coast Guard to train rescue swimmer candidates in real world training conditions. In addition, the installation of the METS “dunker” will allow personnel to practice emergency aircraft and small boat evacuation in the event of an overturning or a landing in the water.

The facility ground breaking is scheduled for early 2010 and the completed contstruction for Sept. 2011.

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