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Navy's Dry Dock 3 Replacement
Photo Courtesy: U.S. Pacific Fleet


Pearl Harbor-Hickam


U.S Department of Defense


Docks and Harbors

Navy's Dry Dock 3 Replacement
Photo Courtesy: Stars and Stripes

The Navy's Dry Dock 3 Replacement project at Join Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is valued at approximately $2 billion to $4 billion. "It will be huge,” says Steve Baginski, 2023 president of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii. The project dovetails with enormous contracts recently awarded by Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVAC) to local and offshore general contractors. These include:

  • $8.5 billion from NAVFAC Pacific awarded in late 2021 for work in Hawaii and Washington state to five Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP) contractors. Local GCs include Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc., Nan Inc. and Kiewit, all operating as members of three separate joint ventures (JV). The contract expires in 2029.

  • Approximately $3 billion in four separate MACCs (multiple award construction contracts), awarded for work in Hawaii, Washington state and the Pacific to local GCs, often operating in tandem or separately as joint ventures. Hawaii GCs include Healy Tibbitts Builders Inc., Hawaiian Dredging, Hensel Phelps, Nan Inc., Kiewit Infrastructure West and others.

Contracts run from 2025 through 2027. And this doesn't even touch on military projects currently underway. One, valued at $342 million, indicates the Size and scope of current and upcoming construction. "Hensel Phelps was contracted to construct the third phase of the U.S. Army Pacific's (USARPAC) new Command and Control Facility (C2F) Complex on Fort Shafter," says Thomas J. Diersbock, Hensel Phelps vice president and Pacific Thomas I. Diersbock District manager. C2F will be the new headquarters for USARPAC to support administrative and special-use operations in the Pacific. The project's third phase includes new construction of three administrative facilities divided into specified security zones, all built within the constraints of the two existing buildings. The project also includes a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility space, independent fueling station, mechanical yard, generator yard and architectural concrete flatwork. "The Command and Control Facility is not only a very complex construction project in terms of its technological design, but bringing numerous stakeholders together to complete their vision and expectations was a major feat by the entire project team," Diersbock says. "We use the term 'EXCELLENCE' on this project to describe the energy and expertise brought forward by the entire team to create this exceptional complex."

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