GLASGOW – A Glasgow-based company has been awarded a five-year, $5 million federal contract to perform architectural and engineering services for Army, Air Force and other military and government and civil works projects.
American Engineers Inc. secured what is known as an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for work within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division mission boundaries, but it would allow them to be pulled to other areas if necessary, said Richard Tutt, vice president for project development and the project manager for this contract.
He said AEI responded to a solicitation for up to two contracts posted by USACE in July 2018. The IDIQ format essentially means the company is on call for that time period with that dollar limit.
“Our contract covers a whole lot of different service areas, and [includes] a broad range of things we could be called upon to assist them with,” he said.
Architectural and engineering services cover everything from interior design to large scale engineering heavy projects and everything in-between, Tutt said, so the company has assembled a team of six other companies that can provide complementary services to AEI's and can be available as needed, but AEI would still be the primary consultant.
AEI will be responsible for project and task order management, civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, some environmental elements and landscape architecture.
The other firms would assist AEI in providing architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, interior design, environmental engineering, cost engineering, fire protection engineering, value engineering and commissioning.
He said AEI has had contracts with USACE for surveying and geotechnical work before, but this contract opens new opportunities for them.
AEI first worked with USACE doing survey work in its Nashville District, and has since had surveying and geotechnical contracts with the Louisville and Huntington, West Virginia, USACE districts, both of which are part of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.
This new A/E contract solicitation was set aside for small businesses only, and Tutt said AEI is just under the cap for what USACE deems a small business.
“It's a big deal for us, and we just finalized our contract this week,” he said. “For us as a firm, it's the first A/E contract we've ever won, and we've been doing work for the Corps since probably the mid-90s.”
“Over the past five years, we have made a concerted effort to expand our federal footprint, including USACE, and have secured significant geotechnical and surveying IDIQ awards in the Louisville and Huntington districts,” Tutt added. “Just this year, we were awarded an Inland Floating Plant & Land Drilling contract with the Huntington District, which was solicited as a 'full and open,' meaning it could be pursued by both large and small businesses. Our project ratings with USACE on our completed task orders in surveying and geotechnical, in particular, have been exceptional and have played a large part in our winning against all comers on this award and also securing this A/E contract.”
The A/E contract was sort of the last missing piece in AEI's work with the Corps, he said, so it has been working hard to be viewed as a viable candidate.
“For us, it's the evolutionary next step in working with the Corps to expand our national footprint,” he said. “On behalf of AEI and as project manager on this effort, I can say that we are very excited as we await our first task order and anxious to continue doing our part in improving our nation’s military preparedness and civil works infrastructure.”
AEI, which was founded by Ben T. Quinn Sr. and celebrated its 35-year anniversary in 2018, was awarded its second consecutive Society of American Military Engineers Kentuckiana Post Excellence in Small Business Award for A/E Services that year as well for outstanding performance on AEI's Geotechnical Services IDIQ contract with the USACE Louisville District, including a geophysical survey and mapping to support the design and construction of Veterans Administration Medical Center facility expansions in Canandaigua, New York, according to the AEI website.