A look at Camp Roberts' top 10 contracts

Camp Roberts, one of the state’s three main training bases for the California National Guard just north of Paso Robles, spent $72.56 million on its top 10 contracts in 2013 and 2014.

That includes $5 million that went to Red Mountain of Avila Beach and about $100,000 to Cencal Roofing of Morro Bay.

All of the projects were undertaken to support training and housing troops at the about 43,000-acre base to prepare them for overseas deployments, and to help with natural disasters such as wildfires, according to Lt. Col. Kevin Desmond, chief of planning, programming and construction for the California Army National Guard.

The amount of money spent in the two-year period was unusually high, reflecting the military’s effort to ramp up its infrastructure support, Desmond said, adding that the budget for such contracts is now decreasing.

More than 15,000 National Guardsmen and additional military personnel are trained at Camp Roberts in a typical year. Civilian groups also use the base.

All contracts are selected through a bidding process. Here’s a closer look at the contracts for 2013 through 2014, according to information from the California National Guard given at the request of The Tribune:

  • Cox Construction Co. of San Diego: $32 million to replace or upgrade utilities in the Camp Roberts cantonment area, including electrical, natural gas, water, fire hydrants, drainage and telecommunications network. Improvements were also made to repair areas such as roadways, curbs and drainage affected by the underground work.
  • Cox Construction Co. of San Diego: $11 million to build the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, a training range that conducts military operations in an urban terrain, preparing soldiers for overseas deployments.
  • OTIE, a Native American-owned engineering, science and construction firm based in Ventura: $10 million to close a previous landfill and open a new one next to the previous site. The new landfill is expected to accommodate the camp into the next century, and has two cells. One is a hazardous materials cell to encase the lead-based paint and asbestos accumulated when demolishing the camp’s World War II-era buildings. The second cell is a standard sanitary landfill to handle the camp’s standard garbage.
  • MarCon Engineering Inc. of Escondido: $10 million to demolish barracks, administrative buildings, dining facilities, classrooms, chapels and warehouses that were originally built in 1941 and had deteriorated beyond a useful condition.
  • Red Mountain, a Native American-owned firm based in Avila Beach: $5 million to build a new Tactical Unmanned Aerial System facility to house Detachment 1, Company D, 578th Brigade Engineer Battalion. The building provides administrative, training, storage, classroom, flight training, equipment maintenance, hangar space and vehicle storage.
  • Diani Building Corp. of Santa Maria: $2.6 million to build a new 8,792-square-foot dining facility for soldiers training at Camp Roberts.
  • Gwinn Construction Inc. of Auburn: $860,138 to install an underground electrical and data network that will operate targets and record target hits on Range 10, a combat pistol/military police firearms qualification range.
  • Bara Infoware of San Ramon: $809,668 to install an underground electrical and data network that will operate targets and record target hits on Range 5, a modified record fire rifle range.
  • Mountain Vista Construction of Visalia: $189,382 to replace a staircase, entrance landing and handrails for barracks buildings.
  • Cencal Roofing of Morro Bay: $95,878 for removing, repairing and replacing roofs on two buildings — the old post dining facility, which was repurposed for classrooms and training, and a storage building.
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