HONOLULU — A joint venture managed by AMEC is among the winners of a $4 billion contract for design and construction work to support the U.S. Defense Policy Review Initiative in the Pacific region.

A major element of the initiative will involve the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps forces from Japan to Guam. AMEC’s joint venture partners are Core Tech International of Guam and SK Engineering & Construction (SKEC) of South Korea.

The five-year contract is the largest ever awarded by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific (NAVFAC). There were seven contract awardees who now will bid for the various projects required for the planned relocation of units from the Marine Expeditionary Force — approximately 7,000 Marines and their families — from Okinawa to Guam by 2014.

Potential projects include barracks, dormitories, administrative facilities, communications facilities, educational facilities, medical facilities, dining facilities, recreational facilities, retail facilities, industrial facilities, warehouse facilities, ranges, operational training facilities, streets, bridges, utilities, infrastructure, waterfront-marine facilities, piers, wharves, dredging, aviation facilities, including hangars, runways and aprons, as well as other base-development facilities. Projects will require incorporation of sustainable features such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards.

AMEC will be primarily responsible for program management, architectural/engineering design, and architectural/engineering services during construction. AMEC also will lead and support all horizontal construction such as airfield pavements, utilities, roads and parking lots.

Noting that AMEC, Core Tech and SKEC have worked together before on major projects, the joint venture’s proposal said the team has the wide-ranging capabilities, capacity and the synergistic teamwork necessary to provide the Navy with projects “that meet or exceed all the established goals, including quality, safety and timeliness.”

“This award is the culmination of several years of NAVFAC planning and bilateral negotiations by the American and Japanese governments,” said Paul Pettit, executive vice president of AMEC. “It is an honor for AMEC, CORE Tech, and SKEC to be recognized and included as part of this global team.”

Core Tech’s Joshua Tenorio noted the joint venture, through its Guam First program, is aggressively identifying local suppliers and subcontractors for work, and has held a job fair outreach event for local employees and small businesses.

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