Feds prepare to select construction firms to build $1.7 billion NGA campus

It’s been almost two years since St. Louis got the good news that one of its largest employers, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, would remain in the city.

The construction project will be a massive one, employing thousands of contractors and other building professionals. Deciding who will win that prize is the task now facing the federal agencies coordinating efforts to build the 97-acre campus.

Next month, the Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees military construction projects in the region, will issue a final request for proposals to the three construction joint ventures that it tapped as finalists to build the campus. The finalists, announced in September, will then have until July to submit detailed, technical proposals to the corps for the $700 million construction project.

The finalists, joint ventures each made up of several companies, are:

  • A joint venture of Clark Construction Group, based in the Washington area, and JE Dunn Construction, based in Kansas City. St. Louis architecture firm HOK is the lead design firm on the team.
  • A joint venture of Rock Hill-based McCarthy Building Companies and HITT Contracting, based in the Washington area. Engineering and construction firm Fluor, based in the Dallas area; San Francisco-based architecture firm Gensler; and Kansas City-based engineering firm Black & Veatch are also part of the team.
  • A joint venture of Overland-based Alberici Constructors and Minneapolis-based Mortenson. That team is made up of several other companies, including St. Louis-based Corrigan Company and Civil Design, also of St. Louis.

The corps selected the three based on their experience with similar projects and a more general submission the finalists and other teams submitted as part of the first phase of the contracting process. The two-phased contracting process is designed to increase competition, because requiring a more detailed proposal up-front might be too much of a risk and dissuade some firms from bidding.

By spring 2019, the corps plans to make a final decision on the contractor for the $1.75 billion NGA project.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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