In the spring of 2021, about 6,000 tons of structural steel will arrive at the site, Boyer said, and visitors will see the shape of main building and parking structures “come to life.”
Boyer said currently there are about 350 men and women on-site each day. The project has not faced labor shortages or labor availability issues because of COVID-19 or any other issues, he said. He credited the construction team for following COVID-19 precautions on-site every day, including face-coverings, social-distancing and hand-washing.
“The most important thing we’re doing is keeping our workforce safe,” Boyer said. “With precautions in place, we’ve been able to minimize the impact of COVID-19.”
Col. William Hannan Jr., commander of the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the construction of the facility, said safety is his top concern. “The N2W team of NGA, McCarthy HITT and USACE are strictly following CDC guidelines for COVID-19,” he said. “Safety is always a USACE’s No. 1 priority – both for construction safety and COVID measures that we have implemented.”
Monica Bailey, director of diversity for McCarthy Building Companies, said the project is on track to meet inclusion goals to include 25 percent minority-owned and 5 percent woman-owned businesses for subcontractor participation; and 15 percent minority and greater than 5 percent female for the individual workforce participation.
“It’s still very early in process and we have a long way to go, but we are currently exceeding our goals for boots on the ground,” Bailey said.
Bailey said the project has 17 contracts that have been awarded to minority-owned business enterprises — including in operations, maintenance and HVAC — and eight to women-owned businesses — including in roofing and fencing. She said there are still many bids still in-process that have not been finalized.
Hannan said that since early in the planning phase of the Next NGA West, reaching out to the community has been a focus of the team at USACE and NGA. “With McCarthy HITT joining the team, we have only enhanced our engagement,” he said. “Some of the activities that we have participated in over the years are hosting construction training fairs and industry days in the community, participating in workshops and panels, and attending neighborhood meetings around the Next NGA West site.”