The US Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE) has selected the international project management and engineering company AMEC for a multi-year contract to provide engineering design and construction services.
The new Heavy Engineering Repair & Construction (HERC) programme will have an initial spending ceiling of $6 billion, with a potential to increase up to $15 billion for AMEC and 19 other companies that were awarded HERC contracts. The contracts include a five-year basic ordering period and up to three additional one-year options.
Services under the HERC programme encompass the full range of methods and technologies necessary to design and construct new facilities and infrastructure, and remodel and upgrade existing facilities and infrastructure. These may include design, construction, demolition, repair and emergency-response tasks.
AMEC’s other AFCEE contracts are known as 4P and WERC. The former covers architect-engineering support to environmental and traditional construction projects and has a potential funding ceiling of $2.75 billion for all contracted companies combined. WERC ( Worldwide Environmental Restoration & Construction), has a potential funding ceiling of $10 billion for all contracted companies. Both were awarded in 2003 and both have five-year ordering periods.
Unlike 4P and WERC, HERC is intended to serve as a tool to bring several methods of construction together in one contract. These include turnkey, design-build, design-build-plus, and design-bid-build, according to AFCEE. HERC is not intended for stand-alone environmental contracting or stand-alone design, but it may include support for environmental work incidental to construction efforts.