A contract for design and construction of the South Airfield Complex at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake to the Environmental Chemical Corporation.

The installation was greatly impacted by a 2019 earthquake. The disaster caused approximately $5 billion in damages to the facility, Military.com reported.

“This task order award is a landmark action by the entire NAVFAC Systems Command in support of the NAWS China Lake earthquake recovery effort, and is an important part of restoring the installation to its full operational capability,” said Capt. Mike Oestereicher, NAVFAC Southwest commanding officer to the Daily Independent.

Environmental Chemical Corp. will provide the design and construction of six military construction projects.

The project is expected to be completed by November 2023.

“We look forward to getting the South Airfield construction effort underway and returning NAWS China Lake back to full operational readiness,” said Cmdr. Dan Stokes, NAVFAC Southwest assistant operations officer.

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