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Old 07-18-2009, 03:39 PM
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VA National Cemetery Updates

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $10 million to a construction company based in Charleston, S.C. to develop the next phase of the Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia, which opened for burials in January.

VA awarded a contract for $10,273,000 to LW Construction of Charleston, LLC, a service-disabled, Veteran-owned small business. The contract provides for the manufacture, delivery and in-ground installation of 4,224 concrete vaults, as well as construction of a 2,000-niche columbarium, an administration and public information building, a maintenance complex, two committal service shelters, a public assembly area, utilities and irrigation systems. The project will also incorporate roads, signs, landscaping and systems for water distribution.

This 74-acre development, along with a previously constructed early-burial area with temporary facilities, is expected to provide an estimated 10 years of burial services. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2010 or early 2011.
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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $3.7 million for a construction project at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso.

Design and construction contracts totaling $3,740,935 were awarded to M. R. Tafoya Construction Company Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., a service-disabled, Veteran-owned small business.

The project to install 5,000 pre-placed crypts in three existing burial sections began June 1. Landscaping and water-wise restoration of the area is included.

The cemetery is in the central section of El Paso on the far north side of the Fort Bliss Military Reservation. Situated on 82.1 acres, the cemetery accommodates casketed and cremated remains.
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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded nearly $1 million to a small business to begin expanding burial services for Veterans in the San Diego area by developing the new Miramar Annex.

The Miramar Annex will be part of the area’s Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. VA awarded Van Dyke Landscape Architects the architect-engineer contract totaling $961,000 to develop additional gravesites and infrastructure. This design project is scheduled for completion this fall.

When completed, the new designs for the project will provide 11,700 conventional gravesites, 10,300 columbaria niches and 4,900 in-ground cremation sites. The project will also include an administration building, a maintenance complex, two committal service shelters and a public assembly area, as well as an irrigation system, roads, utilities, signage and landscaping.
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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded an architect-engineer contract for more than $1.3 million to SmithGroup JJR, LLC, to prepare construction documents for a gravesite expansion and other improvements at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.

For this phase of the project, the firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich., will receive $1,345,946 to design a 20-acre site that will support 10 years of projected burial needs. This phase of development will include approximately 11,000 pre-placed crypts, 6,500 columbaria niches and additional sections to accommodate in-ground interment of cremated remains.

The project will also include a main gate renovation; additional signs throughout the cemetery; improvements to an assembly area, including accessibility improvements; committal shelter enhancements; a new roadway system and improvements to existing roadways; parking in newly developed sections and improvements to parking and walkways; grading, drainage, fencing and landscaping; a utility distribution system; and environmental preservation and mitigation.
This design project is scheduled for completion in spring 2010.

The public information center will receive upgraded accessibility features and incorporate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) improvements. The LEED Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction reviewed by more than 10,000 membership organizations that comprise the USGBC.
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