Repair South Base Bldg. 151

Client: US Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, Edwards AFB Resident Office


The project for the US Army Corps of Engineers was to renovate the first floor lobby, entrance doors and stairwell, restrooms, offices, communication room, secure offices, janitor closet, common work areas, conference rooms, kitchen, upgrade security, and all rooms on the second floor of building 151 including the stairwell, bathrooms, break rooms, offices, first floor entrance doors, conference rooms, and common areas. Specific work included ACM floor tile and ACM mastic abatement, drywall repair, painting, new flooring, restroom renovation, new doors and hardware, office partition and furniture replacement, suspended ceilings, fire suppression additions, and security upgrades. The project also included adding card swipe readers, white noise speakers, acoustic wall panels, dead bolts and cipher locks.

This project was required to be completed 72 days after Notice to Proceed due to customer requirements. T. Simons completed the project 68 days after contract award. The Superintendent worked closely with the government, all subcontractors and suppliers to ensure the entire project flowed quickly and continuously to its successful completion. Multiple subcontractors were on site at a time and the crews worked five 10-hour days to get the work completed on time and within budget.

Scope of Work

The scope of work had many moving pieces requiring careful coordination and scheduling to ensure the subcontractors, suppliers and employees weren’t working on top of one another to complete their portion of work. Tammy Simons, owner of T. Simons Co., Inc., assigned Jack Gusbeth as quality control manager and superintendent for this project. Jack was responsible for the expert planning and execution of this project.

Building 151 is a secured, classified and occupied facility. Due to the security requirements for gaining access to the building, each employee for every subcontractor, supplier, trash hauler, equipment company, etc., was required to have a badge to enter. This process took time to complete. In addition, if an intrusion detection alarm went off anywhere in the facility, the contractors were locked in place – inside or outside – until the building was cleared by security personnel and allowed to continue operations. This happened twice over the course of the project and the construction operations were discontinued for an hour or more each time while the facility was checked for intruders.

Because it was an occupied facility, the construction personnel worked alongside the end users of the building. Jack ensured the occupants were protected from dust, debris and noise to the fullest extent. He coordinated the entire effort to work carefully, diligently and quickly with the facility personnel.

One of the biggest obstacles encountered during the project was with the coordination of the fire alarm, intrusion detection and communication facilities from the South Base where this building is located back to the main base. This required close communication with other base agencies and at least a week’s notice to ensure the other agencies were ready when the project required their services. When a project is moving as quickly as this one, that week’s notice was very difficult to give but Jack managed it. He expertly worked with every agency to ensure there were no glitches in completing the facility on time.

The government’s processing of submittals and paperwork, especially in regards to the long-lead items, was a key component to ensuring the doors, cipher locks and sound soak materials arrived in a timely manner. These long-lead items also required the greatest amount of time for installation so receiving approval on their submittals was critical to the completion of the project.

Routine paperwork processing, such as timecards, safety meeting minutes and daily reports, had to be completed outside of working hours by the T. Simons team because computers and electronics were not allowed in the classified facility.

Like a well-oiled machine, each cog in the gear did its part to complete this project on time and on budget. From the Corps of Engineers’ staff to the prime contractor, suppliers and subcontractors, each handled his responsibilities to complete the required tasks efficiently and ensure that there were no delays. Without expert planning and the cooperation of each individual involved, this project could not have been completed on time.

This project was completed at Edwards AFB while T. Simons Co., Inc. was also completing numerous other projects throughout California, illustrating the company’s ability to fully man multiple projects simultaneously and complete each one successfully.

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