Steinberg Hart wins $737M contract at Naval Air Force Base in China Lake

Building upon a thirty year history of successful collaboration with NAVFAC Southwest, Steinberg Hart’s design-build team has been awarded a $737,843,880 project for design and construction at the south airfield at Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California. The task order also contains options and planned modifications, which if exercised, would increase the project value to $777,769,440. With the award of this contract, Steinberg Hart is proud to continue designing and delivering projects of the highest quality for our nation’s civic, federal, and military entities.

NAWS China Lake is located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, approximately 150 miles north of Los Angeles. China Lake’s mission is to support the Navy’s research, testing and evaluation missions to provide cutting-edge weapons systems to the warfighter, and the installation is the Navy’s largest single landholding. In total, its two ranges and main site cover more than 1.1 million acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island. NAWS China Lake is a crucially important hub for air warfare research, development and testing.

The work to be performed provides for the design and construction of two new advanced warfare hangars , aircraft parking aprons, taxiways and utilities for research, development, testing and evaluation; an integration laboratory; an air operations facility and air traffic control tower; and an aircraft fire and rescue station. Steinberg Hart is teamed with Giuliani Associates Architects and Urban Engineers in support of ECC and Hensel Phelps Construction Company.
“NAWS China Lake South Airfield is currently regarded as the single most important capital facilities project in the Department of Defense, and it is critically important to the overall defense posture of the nation,” said Brandon Nash, Senior Project Manager for the China Lake project and Senior Associate Steinberg Hart’s San Diego office. “We are immensely proud to work alongside our design-build team to create state-of-the-art facilities that serve our Navy men and women for years to come.”

The project awarded today, which is expected to be completed by November 2023, replaces facilities destroyed in a series of the devastating damage from the 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude earthquakes that occurred in July 2019.