The U.S. Air Force (USAF) recently awarded a CIRI subsidiary company a major contract at Alaska’s Eielson Air Force Base, near Fairbanks, Alaska. The five-year contract is for a broad range of construction services, and it comes at a pivotal time for Eielson as the base prepares to usher in the arrival of the first operational F-35 squadron. Combining advanced stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, the F-35 is the newest multi-role fighter jet for the USAF.
Awarded to Palmer, Alaska-based Silver Mountain Construction, the contract involves Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) work at Eielson and Clear Air Station, Alaska, which encompasses most types of property maintenance, repair and non-complex construction work. Silver Mountain will rely on a strong local workforce for support.
The Eielson base is projected to receive two squadrons of F-35s. On-base construction to prepare for the squadrons is expected to start in 2017, with the first F-35s slated to begin arriving in 2020.
“The SABER contract is for general base maintenance and construction not directly related to the F-35 build-up,” said Jared Edgar, Silver Mountain president and CEO. “However, this contract positions Silver Mountain to not only support those activities, but to foster new, long-term relationships with the Air Force and other contractors involved in the work.”
While a relatively young company, Silver Mountain already has a track record of success on projects for the U.S. military in Alaska. In May 2016, Silver Mountain completed a battalion headquarters at Fort Wainwright, an Army base just east of Fairbanks. Construction of the two-story, 20,000-square-foot building began July 2014. The project was Silver Mountain’s foray into LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) construction, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes buildings that use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Silver Mountain is proud to join the team at Eielson and help prepare for this important development,” Edgar said. “We look forward to developing a strong partnership with the Air Force and delivering excellent quality and value in the work we perform.”
About Silver Mountain Construction
Silver Mountain is a subsidiary of CIRI-owned CIRI Services Corporation, which also owns Weldin Construction and ANC Research & Development. Silver Mountain provides comprehensive construction services specializing in military fueling projects, process piping and civil/underground construction projects for local, state and federal government agencies, as well as the private sector. Visit www.silvermountainconstruction.com for more information.