Benham Mead & Hunt JV awarded $50 million military contract

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“The fitness facility at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station needed to be prioritized because the men and women of the 914th Airlift Wing and the Air National Guard 107th Airlift Wing have struggled to meet their physical fitness requirements,” said Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27). “The combination of grueling winters and a current facility with no indoor track forced some service members to delay their fitness tests, running the risk of not being eligible to serve when called upon.”  (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Harvey)

Mead & Hunt teamed with Benham Design and won an Architecture-Engineering Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contract with Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) out of Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Benham Mead & Hunt JV is one of five firms awarded a contract with a shared capacity of $50 million.

This exciting new opportunity adds to our existing joint venture contract for the Air Force Reserves program with the Louisville District of the Army Corps of Engineers. Combined these two contracts cover all architecture and engineering services for projects from simple renovations to complex new construction.

The Louisville contract is primarily for new military construction (MILCON). Our first project, now in design, is for a new physical fitness center at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in New York. The new fitness center project will replace the existing outdated and costly-to-maintain facilities. The new facility will be sustainable, energy-efficient and better able to support the fitness needs of the Reserve members. Mead & Hunt and Benham Design are dividing the design effort by discipline as a proven and effective technique for a joint venture.

The first project underway with our AFRC contract is a small renovation of two facilities at Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. The AFRC contracts are intended mainly for renovation projects and minor construction.

One advantage of a well-structured joint venture is that it offers diverse staff skills in better locations that we can leverage for AFRC contract clients. For example, on the Fort Worth renovation project, Mead & Hunt’s Dallas-located interior designers will work with Benham Design’s engineering team in nearby Oklahoma City. We will leverage staff expertise and location to benefit AFRC units’ project needs from Mead & Hunt and Benham Design offices across the country.

Joint venture teaming has been a successful strategy for Mead & Hunt, which I will address in a future article on strategic partnering.


Jeff Sorenson, PE, CFM, DBIA

About the Author

Jeff Sorenson, (USAF-Ret) is the Federal Programs Market Leader for Mead & Hunt. He has broad expertise in federal contracting, and has provided environmental, planning, design and construction solutions to numerous federal agencies. Jeff is also the Practice Leader for utility privatization at Mead & Hunt, helping clients acquire military utility systems.

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