Jacobs selected to design $605m military base in South Korea

WCN Editorial Team 5 Mar 2020 ASIA BUILDINGS

The US Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group to provide design services for a $605m (£472m) military base in South Korea.

Under the contract, Jacobs will provide architecture and engineering design for the Korea Air Operations and Intelligence Center (KAOIC).

KAOIC, which is backed by the US Military Construction and Host Nation Funding Program, will be responsible for air operations and distributed common ground station weapon systems that support the US Forces Korea and the US and Korea Combined Forces Command in defence of the Korean peninsula.

Jacobs president and COO Bob Pragada said: "The new KAOIC modernizes command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (5CISR) and distributed common ground station functions currently at Osan Air Base in South Korea.

"In addition to expanding our global secure buildings portfolio, this win also strengthens our position supporting the U.S. Defense and Intelligence programs in the Asia Pacific region."

With a gross area of approximately 1 million ft², the facility will feature protective threat-based design and will include multiple secure as well as non-secure work areas, and redundant systems.

7th Air Force commander Lieutenant General Ken Wilsbach said: "The Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance is ironclad, and our Airpower capabilities have had a long history of deterring aggression on the Korean Peninsula.

"This project demonstrates an everlasting commitment to preserving the terms of Armistice, promoting democracy, and providing security to the Republic of Korea and Northeast Asia."

Recently, a joint venture (JV) of Stantec and Jacobs, named Galveston Coastal Services Joint Venture, was selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers to design a 43km long levee and floodwall system along the coastline near Galveston, Texas.

The $1.9bn project, which is known as the Orange County Coastal Storm Risk Management or ‘Orange’, is expected to take nearly eight years to build.

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A US Air Force’s U-2S Dragon Lady, Block 20, aircraft at Osan Air Base in South Korea. (Credit: United States Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Andrea Knudson/Wikipedia)

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