NEW YORK (May. 20)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected two contractors to design and construct two military air bases in Israel’s Negev region. Maj. Gen. James A. Johnson, division engineer of the Corps’ North Atlantic Division Office here, announced the selection of Negev Airbase Constructors, a joint venture of Perini Corporation, sponsor (Framingham, Mass.), Harbert Construction Corporation (Birmingham, Ala.); Paul N. Howard Company (Greensborp, N. C.); and Louis Berger International, Inc. (East Orange, N. J.), to construct one of the air bases.
The other air base will be constructed by Air Base Constructors, a joint venture of Guy F. Atkinson Company, sponsor, (San Francisco); Dillingham Corporation (Honolulu); and Nella L. Teer Company (Durham, N.C.) in association with Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton (New York City).
The construction effort will begin immediately and the air bases will be initially operational with in three years, Johnson said. The bases, which will cost a total of about $1 billion, will replace two military air bases in Sinai that Israel is returning under terms of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.
On May 7, the Corps of Engineers selected Management Support Associates, a joint venture of Lester B. Knight and Associates, Inc. (Chicago); A. Epstein and Sons International, Inc. (Chicago); and Pope, Evans and Robbins, Inc. (New York) as Management Support Contractor in connection with the construction.