The U.S. Navy will spend $240 million to construct new buildings and repair existing ones at its base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, according to a contracting announcement published Wednesday.
Up to five companies will be selected to do the work over five years following the contract award “on or around August 2017,” the announcement said. It described the projects in general terms as new construction, renovation, demolition and repairs but did not provide details.
More details about the proposed work will be available when the contracts are awarded, said Sue Brink, a spokeswoman for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida.
The work does not include any improvements to the detention center, which is located on the Navy base but is funded by a separate budget.
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Separately, the Navy also announced that it had awarded a $66 million contract to Munilla Construction Management LLC of Miami to build a new school for the children of military and civilian personnel stationed at Guantánamo.
The Cuban government has long sought the return of the base, but the Obama administration says it has no plans to give up its oldest overseas Navy installation. About 6,000 people live at the base, which occupies 45 square miles along Guantánamo Bay in southeastern Cuba. About one-third of the residents are assigned to the detention center, which has 79 prisoners.