TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — More than 800 homes were damaged in Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base. Balfour Beatty Communities owns and responsible for repairing over 500 of them.
The company is hoping to hire local contracting companies to repair the interior of the homes.
Richard Cole, Project Manager, said, “we’re doing is asking them to put together their bids to return these homes to a liveable state.”
On Tuesday, the company invited interested local contractors to the base to give them an outline of what the work will consist of.
“There are about 37 homes in the Island View neighborhood. Senior officers live in this neighborhood and we’ve pretty much got this neighborhood set first cause we’re able to do the interior demolition on it,” said Cole.
Cole says there are a couple of reasons they want to hire local businesses for the interior work. The main reason is supporting the local economy but it’s also cost effective. “And secondly, it’s a cost issue. If we’re able to have the local workforce, qualified Florida contractors to come in here and do the work, then we don’t have to pay that extra burden for them to come in and get housing and the extra per diem costs that come along with it.”
He says this week’s meeting is just the first of many and they will go through the same process when they’re ready to tackle the other neighborhoods.
Cole says they hope to have the contracts completed in the next 30 days with the companies they select.
The company is hosting another meeting on Wednesday, April 24.
Contractors interested in pursuing opportunities at Tyndall AFB Homes should contact Balfour Beatty Communities Procurement Project Manager Geoff Hutcherson at TyndallRFP@bbcgrp.com to obtain the Request for Proposal package and indicate their desire to attend a site visit.
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