The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Europe District has chosen WSP USA as its consultant to lead multiple architecture-engineering projects at military facilities in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria.
The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract is part of the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) program, a U.S. initiative to implement over $1.5 billion in capital improvements at military facilities in Eastern Europe under the management of the USACE Europe District.
Although WSP has worked with USACE on previous projects, this will be the first time the firm will work on military projects with the Europe District, according to Scott Nall, who is serving as program manager for the ID/IQ contract.
“ERI is one of two programs in Europe to build new U.S. military bases or improve existing bases in Eastern Europe,” said Nall, who also serves as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. “This is one way the U.S. is demonstrating to our allies that we have their back in a future perceived as unstable and tenuous by many in the region.”
As the lead consultant on the task order-based contract, WSP will be responsible for planning, design and construction administration work involving major and minor new construction, as well as alteration, repair or rehabilitation of various eastern European military facilities. This work could include improvements to items such as runways, taxiways, aircraft parking aprons, barracks, roadways, utility systems, vehicle maintenance facilities, administrative buildings and other U.S. or host nation facilities.
Architect-engineer services may also be required for developing request-for-proposal packages for design/build projects. Other projects may involve security upgrades, safety coordination, construction supervision, inspection, or feasibility studies such as cost estimating, energy conservation, fire protection and environmental assessments.
“This contract casts a wide net over many possible services for potentially nine to 12 bases in the region,” Nall said.