Coast Guard awards contract to build new Sector New Orleans facility

NEW ORLEANS – A contract to build the Coast Guard’s new Sector New Orleans facility has been awarded at a cost of $21.5 million to IKBI Incorporated of Choctaw, Miss.

The three-story, 46,000 square-foot building will be built on a seven-acre parcel of land in the northwest corner of property adjacent to the Naval Support Activity West Bank installation in New Orleans. The property was transferred to the Coast Guard by an agreement reached with the U.S. Navy, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC), Federal City, and the New Orleans Federal Alliance.

The contract scope includes design and construction of a 46,000 square-foot facility that will collocate the Sector command cadre, command center, Marine Safety Office, and Vesel Traffic Service under one roof. The new facility will improve operational performance by enhancing the Coast Guard’s interoperability, creating a better common operational picture, providing a single contact for stakeholders, and integrating day-to-day operations.

The project includes all associated work including site work, utilities, roadways, security, and parking areas.

Project execution will be managed by the Coast Guard’s Facilities Design and Construction Center Atlantic in Norfolk, Va. Constructed is expected to begin this summer and is scheduled for completion in early 2010.

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