2022 Outlook Conference included status of NAWCDW

The News Review is publishing a series of articles on the 2022 Economic Outlook Conference sponsored by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. This week’s information will include facts concerning earthquake repair through outlook for China Lake operations.

Earthquake Repair and Replacement Efforts to Date

In July 2019, two large earthquakes struck Southern California; both had epicenters within boundaries of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The first that struck on July 4 was a 6.4 magnitude quake. It caused no injuries and the initial reports indicated that all buildings were intact. The second quake---of 7.1 magnitude—occurred on July 5 and significantly damaged buildings and equipment on-base.

The assessment of buildings and facilities on the base, comprising 3,598 structures in all, found total damage estimated at $5.2 billion. Serious damage occurred to 234 buildings, and replacing these buildings alone was estimated at $2.2 billion. However, specialized equipment, furniture, machine tools, telecommunication assets and other facilities are also in need of repair or replacement.

The NAVFAC Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) China Lake - Earthquake Recovery Program now includes $2.3 billion in military construction (MILCON) and $400 million in Restoration and Modernization (RM) projects, awarding 10 projects in FY20 and 12 in FY21.

Earthquake recovery efforts have been aggressively underway since the first groundbreaking of the Magazines and Inert Storage Facilities in October 2020. The efforts accelerated in the spring of 2021 with the build-up of between 600-850 temporary

workers who will be engaged in construction activities across Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake.

The start of FY22 (September) began with the sixth ground breaking ceremony of the earthquake recovery program for the $19M Academic Training Building (P1924), where Barnhart Reese Construction will construct a 16,000 square foot facility that will accommodate an applied technology laboratory, conference rooms, computer labs and administrative spaces.

In late October, OICC China Lake hosted a pair of ground breakings on one day, the $44M Ordnance Test Support and Technical Laboratory (P1918) awarded to Solpac Construction, Inc and the $36M Radiographic Building (P1919) administered by Harper Construction Company aboard the China Lake Propulsion Laboratory area of NAWS China Lake.

Just two weeks later, the ninth ceremony broke ground on the $220M Michelson Lab Complex, (P1904/RM19-1867) which will create over 188,000 square feet of state of the art, development, testing and production facilities. It will also repair over 50,000 square feet of two wings of Michelson Labs awarded to RQ Construction, LLC.

In mid-February, another pair of projects will begin construction; Webcor Construction was awarded $113M to build a quartet of building as part of the Range Control Complex project (P1911) near the North Range of NAWS China Lake. Harper Construction Company, Inc. will reconstruct four rocket test sites of the Skytop Firing Bays (P1922) within the China Lake Propulsion Laboratory area at the cost of $52 million.

The first planned completion of the Community Support Facilities (P1916), an earthquake recovery project which began construction in October 2020, will include a multi-use chapel, pool and gymnasium later this summer.

Story First Published: 2022-04-01