The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $53.7 million base contract Nov. 3, to Pono Aina Management, LLC, an 8(a) Native Hawaiian Organization, based out of Waianae, Hawai'i, to construct a temporary elementary school campus in Lahaina. The temporary school will accommodate those students displaced from the King Kamehameha III Elementary School that was damaged and rendered unusable by the Aug. 8 wildfires in Maui County.  

As part of the USACE Critical Public Facilities mission assigned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support Hawai'i and the state Department of Education, USACE was tasked to design and oversee the installation of modular buildings for the temporary elementary school campus for the Lahaina community. The Galveston District will be responsible for contract management and project oversite.

"The children of Lahaina have gone through a heartbreaking trauma, and the Corps of Engineers, the Department of Defense and our partners can now help the state bring back a bit of normalcy to these young lives," said Col. Jess Curry, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Recovery Field Office commander. "This school may be temporary but will stand as a reminder that despite the grief and loss, Lahaina’s children will have a space to continue to learn, to dream and to thrive. We are proud to be here for them in this moment.”  

For information on the Hawaii Wildfire Response or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visit

Sentar Inc. (Sentar), a women-owned small business specializing in advanced cyber intelligence solutions and technology, announced today it has been awarded the PAX Functional Services and Support Contract.

Through the awarded work, Sentar will be assisting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering and Support Center Huntsville (CEHNC) with teammate MTA. Sentar will be providing functional support in the areas of customer training (workshops), helpdesk support, and quality assurance.

“We are excited to expand our Army footprint in Huntsville to now include the Army Corps of Engineers,” said April Nadeau, Senior Vice President.

Sentar and teammate MTA will perform the work over one base year with four option years. The work will be primarily performed in Huntsville, AL.

About Sentar, Inc.

Sentar is a leading cyber intelligence solutions provider focused on the National Security sector. Its cyber domain solutions blend expertise in cybersecurity, intelligence and analytics, and systems engineering to deliver superior results to mission partners. Key clients include the Defense Health Agency, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and Missile Defense Agency. Sentar has offices in Huntsville, Alabama; Charleston, South Carolina; San Diego, California; Columbia, Maryland; and San Antonio, Texas. Visit for more information.

Damaged boats and watercraft sit off shore of Lahaina destroyed in the Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 15, 2023. (Photo by Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Foster)
Damaged boats and watercraft sit off shore of Lahaina destroyed in the Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 15, 2023. (Photo by Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Foster)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $52.5 million contract Oct. 16 for Hazardous Site Assessments for Household Material and Bulk Asbestos Removal in Lahaina and Kula/Olinda to Dawson Solutions, LLC, a Native Hawaiian Organization 8(a) contractor. The performance period for this Phase 2 private property debris removal contract is three months. 

USACE is managing the removal of the debris on Maui as part of the federal government’s unified national response following the wildfires that ravaged the towns of Lahaina, Kula/Olinda Aug. 8. The wildfires damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 Maui properties, requiring a coordinated fire debris removal cleanup.  

Debris removal missions assigned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency include the removal of debris from private property. The cleanup process includes two phases. Phase 1 is currently underway and involves the removal of hazardous materials by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Phase 2 involves the removal of other fire-related debris by USACE. During Phase 2, fire-damaged debris will only be removed from a property if property and business owners grant permission via a completed right-of-entry form.

The County of Maui will identify and oversee priorities during the fire cleanup while working in partnership with the state and federal agencies supporting the community with this process. In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District awarded a contract for cultural monitoring Oct. 16 to help prevent further harm to items of cultural and historical significance while also honoring the unique cultural heritage of Hawai‘i. Cultural observers will be onsite for all stages of Phase 2 operations.  

“Having cultural observers in place prior to the commencement of Phase 2 debris removal is key to ensuring USACE personnel and contractors can perform their work for the people of Maui with confidence that items of cultural significance are going to be protected,” said Col. Jess Curry, Recovery Field Office commander.  

For information on the Hawai‘i wildfire response or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visit  

Aptim Federal Services, LLC (APTIM), a market leader in decommissioning and environmental solutions, announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore District has awarded the Company a contract to Decommission and Dismantle the SM-1A Reactor Facility located at Fort Greely, Alaska. In addition to managing the decommissioning and dismantlement of the decades-old reactor, the APTIM-led team will integrate and utilize mature, proven innovations to dispose of both hazardous and radioactive soil and debris from the remote Alaskan installation to the lower-48.

The contract was awarded to APTIM-Amentum Alaska Decommissioning, LLC (A3D), which is a joint venture led by APTIM and Amentum Technical Services, LLC. Other members of A3D’s team include Heritage – M2C1 Joint Venture, a HUBZone small business location in Delta Junction, AK; Lynden Logistics; Brice Environmental; Oak Ridge Technologies; ReNuke Services; AECOM Technical Services; and Delta Junction Medical.

The standalone C-contract has an estimated value of $95.5M, over a 6-year ordering period. The work to be performed under this contract includes planning, permitting, and engineering; site preparation; demolition and disposal of facilities, including components from the deactivated and defueled nuclear reactor, related wells and utility corridors, plus other ancillary facilities. The contract also includes remediation of contaminated soils, a final status survey, and site restoration.

David Lowe, Senior Vice President of APTIM’s Nuclear Decommissioning business unit, said, “APTIM and our heritage companies have a long history of supporting USACE and the Army Reactor Office (ARO) and have managed numerous Decontamination and Decommissioning projects across the federal complex. Our extensive experience performing reactor decommissioning projects for USACE and the ARO enables us to bring advanced innovations and solutions to complete the work safely and effectively at Fort Greely.” Mr. Lowe continued, “We will partner with USACE , regulators, and community stakeholders to eliminate the environmental liabilities of this legacy, aging nuclear facility.”

“We appreciate USACE’s confidence in APTIM and our partners to perform this critical work. We have a tremendous track record of successfully managing high hazard decommissioning work and look forward to bringing innovations and an experienced team to the last standing nuclear reactor constructed as part of the Army Nuclear Power Program (ANPP),” said Steve Moran, APTIM’s Army Reactor Program Manager and the Project Manager for the SM-1A project.

The SM-1A reactor achieved criticality in 1962 and was shut down in March of 1972, followed by the removal and disposition of the spent nuclear fuel in 1973. The primary mission of the single-loop, 20.2 megawatt-thermal pressurized water reactor was to establish a cold-weather nuclear power plant to support power to Fort Greely, with a secondary mission to study the economics of operating a nuclear electric power plant as compared to operating a conventional oil-fired system in a remote location.

An on-site kickoff meeting at Fort Greely will in late October 2023, paving the way for our preparatory work at the site. The team is targeting a full mobilization to the site by mid-2024. Project completion is currently anticipated by 2029. Project information can also be found on the USACE website

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District (SWG) awarded the fourth and final multimillion dollar contract for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project (CCSCIP) September 25, 2023.

Callan Marine will receive approximately $102.9 million to complete dredging on the final stretch of the project—the Inner Harbor reach. With the final contract the entire project will beneficially use roughly five million cubic yards of dredged material.

“Through extensive resource agency coordination, cooperation with our non-federal sponsor—the Port of Corpus Christi—a close relationship with the Texas General Land Office and a tremendous partnership with the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries program, about five million cubic yards of dredged material will be turned into almost 1,000 acres of something useful while leaving capacity in upland placement areas for routine maintenance dredging disposal,” said Lisa Finn, SWG’s environmental program manager for operations.

The overall channel improvement project would combat erosion within the channel by providing 395 acres of sacrificial erosion protection along with the construction of a 2,000-foot breakwater—to tie into a currently planned 4,000-foot breakwater—in the Nueces Delta. The Nueces Delta is currently eroding at a staggering rate of about 8.2 feet per year, Finn said.

The project also aims to nourish degraded habitats by converting 206 acres of open water in an estuarine marsh. An additional 120 acres of intertidal living shoreline will be created to provide shoreline protection and prevent road overtopping, Finn said.

The CCSCIP will also create another 200 acres of an industrial use site for local economic and commercial entities.

“With this project, the Galveston District makes great strides toward the Chief of Engineers’ vision to increase beneficial use of dredged material,” said Col. Rhett Blackmon, SWG’s district commander.

“This is one of the largest beneficial use projects the district has ever constructed,” said Chris Frabotta, SWG’s operations chief. “That much dredged material would fill up the Astrodome more than three times.”

The project will improve approximately 11.9 miles of the associated shipping channel, effectively widening the channel from 400 feet to 530 feet and deepening it from 47 feet to 54 feet.

SWG contributes to the wellbeing and economic success of local communities through its beneficial use of dredged material. Annually, the Galveston District dredges approximately 30 to 40 million cubic yards of material. USACE employs environmentally and economically responsible ways to utilize dredged materials for beneficial applications  and improve eroded coastlines through beach nourishment and beneficial use programs. For more information on SWG’s beneficial use of dredged materials, visit:

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $800 million contract to nine companies to carry out government installation cleanup efforts, with a primary focus on addressing fire suppressants that contain perfluoroalkyl chemicals.

The contract is a firm-fixed-price award that includes services for film-forming foam removal, disposal, and replacement, as stated by the Department of Defense on Thursday.

Out of the 14 bids submitted for the project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected the following nine companies:

  1. AF3 Services
  2. Aptim Federal Services
  3. Arcadis U.S.
  4. Dawson Solutions
  5. Environmental Chemical
  6. Hydrogeologic
  7. SES Civil and Environmental
  8. Tetra Tech EC
  9. USAE-Tidewater joint venture

The project is expected to conclude on February 14, 2029.

Six companies will compete for each order of the $700,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for architecture-engineer design services. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2028. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, Winchester, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

The mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Middle East District is to provide high quality design, construction, and related support services to the U.S. military and allied nation mission partners throughout the Middle East.

The Middle East District is a subordinate element of the Transatlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Transatlantic Middle East District (TAM) provides engineering, design, construction execution, and related services and support to mission partners in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests; on order, supports contingency operations.

Eight firms will compete for each order of the $245,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for architect-engineer services for hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 25, 2030. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Anchorage, Alaska, is the contracting activity.

Bids were solicited via the internet with 19 received.

*Small Business

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center Huntsville awarded the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives Energy Support Services Generation Five (OEI V) requirement for $28,805,119 to incumbent Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., on June 12.

The task order was procured using the General Services Administration’s (GSA) One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), multiple award (MA), Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.

After exercising all options and having a justification and approval granted by the Senior Contracting Official, Alexandria (SCO-ALX) to further extend the period of performance, the current task order is set to expire on June 27, 2023. Huntsville Center successfully awarded the OEI V task order ahead of the current task order expiration date, preventing a gap in service and the need for a bridge contract.

The OEI V GSA OASIS task order will provide the subject matter experts and resources needed to assist military installations in developing third-party financed projects addressing resilience and security gaps. The efforts of this contract will also help develop a common understanding and standard metrics across military installations. This task order will allow for continued performance on the mission of identifying energy resilience and security projects, which must continue due to the mandate for U.S. Army installations to be capable of withstanding an extended utility outage for a duration set by the senior commander or at a minimum 14 days.

The period of performance for this fifth generation contract is 36 months.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC, Houston, Texas, was awarded a $157,399,830 firm-fixed-price contract for new and maintenance hopper dredging of the Freeport Harbor Channel. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Freeport, Texas, with an estimated completion date of April 14, 2026. Fiscal 2022 and 2023 civil operation and maintenance funds; fiscal 2021, 2022 and 2023 civil construction funds; and fiscal 2023 non-federal Port of Freeport funds in the amount of $157,399,830 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W912HY-23-C-0005). 

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