The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District recently awarded two contracts for military work in Northern California to two different California contractors.

On September 5, the Corps awarded a $32.9 million contract to Gilbane Federal of Walnut Creek to build a general purpose warehouse (GPW) for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at the Defense Distribution Depot in Tracy; and on September 4, the Corps awarded a $3.1 million contract to Hal Hays Construction Inc. of Riverside, CA to install lighting at a facility in Concord, CA.

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In Walnut Creek, the construction of the Defense Logistics Agency 's new 360,000-sq-ft warehouse is expected to help centralize the agency's distribution operations to the Tracy site, and make it the primary distribution center for their customers in the western United States and in the Pacific.

The GPW to be built by Gilbane Federal consists of three bays with an attached 5,500 sq-ft administrative annex. The new GPW will provide adequate storage and operational space for the receipt, storage, and issue of highly active commodities now being stored in deteriorated WW II-era warehouses.

Gilbane Federal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gilbane Building Company, provides services for global construction, environmental, fuels, and energy in support of federal government clients.

Construction for the warehouse is expected to begin later this month and is scheduled to be complete in early 2016. The Corps has completed similar warehouse construction projects for DLA, most recently in January 2012, and is nearing completion on construction of a public safety center at the depot by the end of this year.

In Concord, Hal Hays Construction Inc. (HHCI) will install lightning protection systems at Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO). Construction on this job is scheduled to start in the fall of 2014 with completion expected by winter 2015.

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's MOTCO, formerly known as Concord Naval Weapons Station, supports ammunition delivery to troops in the Pacific. The new lightning protection system will consist of a network of grounded lightning poles that will protect railroad loading areas.

This facility is the Army’s major ammunition transportation shipment port for the West Coast and is responsible for nearly 25 percent of the nation’s total ammunition shipping capability.

The Sacramento District is working with MOTCO to modernize infrastructure throughout the installation during the next five years. Other planned projects include upgrading the electrical systems, bridges and roads, and the construction of several new buildings.

“The improvements we are doing here at MOTCO are critical for national security,” said Peter Broderick, the Sacramento District’s MOTCO senior project manager in a press release. “These projects will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the work being performed here in support of national defense.”

Hal Hays Construction Inc. specializes in federal, military and government marketplace in heavy & civil engineering construction, commercial and institutional buildings, site preparation and demolition, emergency response services and utility system construction projects.

The Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration, and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.