$62 million contract awarded to build lab at APG

August 21, 1994|By From Staff Reports

The Army has awarded a $62.2 million contract for construction of an Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, U.S. Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski announced Thursday.

The contract was awarded to McGaughen/Morganti of Bethesda build a complex of buildings for the research lab.

Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 15, 1996.

Besides generating construction jobs, the lab will create 210 engineering and research positions at the Harford County Army base.

The new facility will contain nearly 300,000 square feet for laboratory, administrative, utilities and storage space, Mr. Sarbanes said.

"This construction will create a flagship laboratory for the Army and provide dynamic new opportunities for Harford County and the Aberdeen Proving Ground," Mr. Sarbanes, D-Md., said. "This will expand APG's research activities and reinforce its position as one of the Army's premier facilities.

The senator also said the research to be done at the new complex will "help build the future" of the Army, county and base.

Ms. Mikulski, D-Md., echoed those sentiments and said the project will make the proving ground a "total center of testing excellence."

She added that she was glad to help bring the project to the state.

The complex will be staffed from facilities in Massachusetts and Virginia.

The laboratory is part of the Defense Department's overall streamlining of facilities, consolidating its research at APG and in the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Montgomery County.

Mr. Sarbanes, chairman of Maryland's congressional delegation, led a fight during congressional hearings on the base closing process.

He called the battle to save the Maryland military facilities a "significant victory" because it provides a buffer against future military cutbacks.

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