The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command has contracted B.L. Harbert International to build 65 new housing units worth $18 million at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.
A notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website said the construction works are expected to be complete by May 2016.
“The proposed new construction will contain 65 units, each housing up to four persons, with a total capacity of 260 persons. The building and site design will be austere in design and comply with the most current Camp Lemonnier master plan and installation appearance plan.
“Work will be performed in Djibouti, Africa and is expected to be completed by May 2016. Fiscal 2014 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $18,387,380 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year,” the notice reads.
The contract was awarded a few days after the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe, Africa and South-West Asia contracted KBR Services Inc of Texas to undertake renovations, repairs, maintenance, replacement, alterations and demolitions to buildings at Camp Lemonier. According to the FBO, works should be completed by September 2019.
“The work to be performed provides for renovations, repairs, maintenance, replacement, alterations, demolition, and NAVFAC Construction Category II, III and IV tasks for Department of Defense activities in the Djibouti, Africa, area.
”The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of September 2019. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $50,000 are being obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.”
The US Navy has been steadily expanding its facilities at Camp Lemonnier to house an increasing number of military personnel being deployed to Africa on active special forces duty and partner army training missions in Africa.
Apart from ongoing expansion works on Camp Lemonnier, the US Navy is quietly expanding its smaller naval base at Manda Bay in Kenya. It has also contracted for renovations and expansion of housing and military operational facilities on another naval base in the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia.