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September 13, 2010

Alan Brown
Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.

NASA Dryden Awards Electrical Upgrade Contract to Tucson Firm

EDWARDS, Calif. - NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a contract to Southwestern Dakotah Inc., of Tucson, Ariz., for major upgrades to and repair of the center's primary electrical distribution system.

The firm fixed-price contract is valued at $7.43 million over a 21-month performance period.

Under terms of the agreement, Southwestern Dakotah will replace NASA Dryden's main electrical distribution system and upgrade the electrical control systems in the center's central generator plant, both of which are critical to the operation of the entire Dryden campus. The work will include construction of a new building for the switchgear assemblies, provision and installation of new transformers and related equipment and provision and installation of new switchgear assemblies.

Also included is the provision and integration of a new central processing unit, software, and electronic component upgrades to existing generators and power distribution system controls in Dryden's central power plant.

Southwestern Dakotah will employ nine subcontractors on the project, two based in the Lancaster area, four in Bakersfield, two in Las Vegas and one in Tucson.

Southwestern Dakotah is currently in the midst of constructing the Consolidated Information Technology Center at NASA Dryden under a $5.8 million contract awarded last year. The 22,000-square-foot, two-story structure is being built adjacent to the existing Data Analysis Facility on Dryden's Edwards campus, and will bring information technology resources and personnel currently housed in several buildings at Dryden into one central location.

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