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Demolition Contract Awarded for Destruction of AFRC Tower in Gulfport
By Keith Burton - GCN 3/30/07

The Armed Forces Retirement Home tower in Gulfport will soon be demolished to make way for a new home for military retirees. The long-time home, just off the beach in east Gulfport was evacuated and left empty right after Hurricane Katrina. Its residents, just over 400 people, were transferred to the AFRH in Washington. Since that time, the tower has been empty, except for occasional training of some FBI and local SWAT teams.

The GSA has awarded a contract to Jacobs for Professional Engineering Services and Construction Manager (CM) services on March 21, 2007. Jacobs is a diverse provider of professional technical services in support to industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets.

GSA officials say Jacobs will provide services that are necessary for management of the procurement phase(s), demolition phase, design/build construction phase, project close-out phase, and furniture, fixture, and equipment purchase and installation phase of the new Armed Forces Retirement Home, Gulfport, Mississippi. The current project schedule is as follows:

Late July 2007-Demolition start
January 2008-Demolition completion
October 2007-Design/Build start (design phase)
May 2010-Final completion

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