EDWARDS AFB, Calif. - NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a sole-source contract to Pride Industries of Roseville, Calif., for a wide range of facilities support and maintenance operations at the NASA field center, located at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
The contract covers a base period of two years with two additional two-year options with a potential value of $36.49 million if all options are exercised. The first two-year base period, valued at about $12 million, began April 1 and will extend through March 2009. Follow-on option periods, valued at slightly over $12 million each, could extend the pact through March 2013.
The contract covers facilities operations, maintenance, improvements and repairs, minor construction, custodial and grounds-keeping services at NASA Dryden, including both buildings and associated site infrastructure and utilities. Custodial services will continue to be performed by Stonebridge Enterprise Solutions of Riva, Md., under subcontract to Pride Industries for the next year. The two firms together currently employ about 55 persons at NASA Dryden.
The majority of services will be performed on a firm fixed price basis, with facilities repair and minor construction efforts performed on an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity basis.
Pride Industries is a non-profit corporation focused on creating employment for people with disabilities, and some of the employees working under the NASA Dryden contract will be people with severe disabilities. The firm currently employs about 3,200 persons including about 2,500 with disabilities, providing services similar to those to be performed at Dryden at more than 300 government facilities and private businesses around the nation.
NISH, of Vienna, Va., facilitated the agreement between NASA Dryden and Pride Industries. NISH is one of two central nonprofit agencies that create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities under the federal AbilityOne program, the highest preference program of contracting under Part 8.7 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Under terms of that program, the contract could be extendable indefinitely beyond the current base and option periods if both NASA Dryden and Pride Industries are satisfied with contract performance.
For more information about NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and its research projects, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden.
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