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#016-16 Contract Awarded for Construction of Cyber Building

  POSTED ON: Monday, April 4, 2016 10:55 AM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Naval Facilities Engineering Command recently announced that Turner Construction Co. of Reston, Va., was awarded a $106,674,440 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of the academic building for Cyber Security Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Construction of the cyber building, to be built on the site of the parking lot between Nimitz Library and Rickover Hall, will begin shortly after the completion of the parking garage.

“While this is the first academic building constructed on the Yard since Rickover Hall nearly 40 years ago, more importantly it represents the Naval Academy’s ability to stay at the forefront of academic excellence and relevance as we develop midshipmen for their future careers in a world where cyber warfare is certain to be a factor,” said Naval Academy Academic Dean Andrew Phillips.

The building will be located between on the site of the parking lot between the back of Rickover and Nimitz Hall. The first phase of the cyber building project was to construct a new parking garage, located across from Alumni Hall on Decatur road. That project is currently underway and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016. Groundbreaking for the Cyber Building is scheduled to occur in October 2016.

USNA was the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. to create mandatory cyber security classes. Cyber I is a fundamentals class taken plebe (freshman) year. Cyber II is a deeper treatment of technical topics, taken second-class (junior) year. USNA has also added an academic major in Cyber Operations, the first midshipmen within that major will graduate in May 2016.

Additionally, various cyber security topics have been added to the leadership and professional curriculum, and the USNA Center for Cyber Security Studies is formally designated as a NSA/Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

“This is a significant step in the process of streamlining our cyber education capabilities here at the Naval Academy with the needs of the Fleet and Department of Defense,” said Vice Adm. Ted Carter, Naval Academy Superintendent. “This will be a state-of-the-art facility where our very best and brightest will get cutting edge training and education in the cyber field. I believe the building serves as yet another attraction the Naval Academy has to offer to future Midshipmen.”

The work to be performed provides for the design and construction of a multi-story academic mission facility including classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, lecture halls, offices, multi-purpose space, an observatory, loading dock, and research and testing tank in support of the engineering and weapons labs. The construction is expected to be complete by September 2019. Fiscal 2015 military construction (Navy) contract funds; and gift funds in the amount of $106,674,440 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N40080-16-C-0156).

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