Army Corps awards $3.1 million contract for MOTCO lightning protection

Published Sept. 9, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $3.1 million contract Sept. 4 to Hal Hays Construction Inc. of Riverside to install lightning protection systems at Military Ocean Terminal Concord near Concord. Construction is scheduled to start in the fall of 2014 with completion expected by winter 2015.

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's MOTCO, formerly known as Concord Naval Weapons Station, supports ammunition delivery to troops in the Pacific. The new lightning protection system will consist of a network of grounded lightning poles that will protect railroad loading areas.

This facility is the Army’s major ammunition transportation shipment port for the West Coast and is responsible for nearly 25 percent of the nation’s total ammunition shipping capability.

The Sacramento District is working with MOTCO to modernize infrastructure throughout the installation during the next five years. Other planned projects include upgrading the electrical systems, bridges and roads, and the construction of several new buildings.

“The improvements we are doing here at MOTCO are critical for national security,” said Peter Broderick, the Sacramento District’s MOTCO senior project manager. “These projects will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the work being performed here in support of national defense.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration,  and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.

Capt. Michael Meyer

Release no. 14-051