Locals get $10M contract

Published 12:25 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

An Andalusia construction company has scored a more than $10 million Army contract in Florida – a feat corporate officials described as “thrilling” Tuesday.

Carter Contracting Services Inc., headquartered on Harmony Church Road and with offices in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Orange Park, Fla., was chosen as the winner of the “performance bid” out of nearly 20 contractors, said Cindy Edson, CCS office administrator.

“The project is called the ‘Tampa Harbor Dredge Placement Facility 3-D-Dike-Raising,’ and it consists of us going into a dredge disposal area and raising the dikes to create room for more dredge material,” Edson said. She said additional work includes a large amount of clearing and excavating, as well as dike construction. DMPF is an existing dredged material management island that requires the dikes to be raised to increase capacity.

The contract was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, and it will take between 20 and 25 employees some 18-months to finish the project, Edson said.

“This is the type of work we’ve done for the last 15 to 20 years, only on a smaller scale,” she said. “It’s thrilling to know that we were chosen, since this wasn’t a normal low bid project, but a performance bid, which means that we had to submit examples of our past performance on similar work.”

Total cost of the contract is $10,103,700, she said.

“We’re just so thankful and thrilled to death to have this opportunity,” Edson said.