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Puyallup construction company wins $35 million defense contract

by Administrator July 25th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Defense announced recently that Puyallup, Wash. company Absher Construction has won a $35,275,888 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu, to build an enlisted personnel housing facility at the U.S. Army’s Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii. The barracks are a 102-year-old installation and home to the Army’s 25th Infantry Division. The company will construct two five-story buildings, each with 100 dwelling units. Absher will work in conjunction with Tetra Tech, of Seattle, the project architect. Absher’s Web site says the total project cost is $74 million. This is not the first U.S. defense contract for Absher. The company has won several separate contracts of more than $40 million apiece to build barracks at Fort Lewis in Pierce County, Wash. and is currently working on a $71 million Bachelors Enlisted Quarters and Parking Facility at Naval Station Kitsap in Bremerton, Wash.

The Department of Defense’s military contract announcements database reveals more.

Absher’s military contracts include not only the multiple barracks projects at Fort Lewis and the Naval Station Kitsap work, but also:

  • a $13.5 million contract announced in 1996 for vehicle maintenance shop improvements and expansion at Fort Lewis;
  • a $16.3 million contract announced in 2002 to build an Army Reserve Center and Aviation Support and Maintenance Hangar at Fort Lewis;
  • a $17.9 million contract announced in 2003 to build a battle simulation center at Fort Lewis;
  • a $38.2 million contract announced in 2010 for officer training command quarters at Naval Station Newport, in Rhode Island.

Absher was one of twenty companies to be solicited for bids on the Oahu project but only one of three to submit a bid. The work is to be completed by August, 2014. A third-generation, family-owned business, Absher Construction was founded in 1940. Absher’s current projects include public housing, public school and commercial construction projects.

The Schofield Barracks agreement between Absher and the Army Corps of Engineers is another in an ongoing series of military contract awards to Washington state companies, which according to a September 2010 state report, totaled more than $5 billion in 2009.


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One Response to “Puyallup construction company wins $35 million defense contract”

  1. [...] U.S. military contracts keep rolling into WA. The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Puyallup, Wash. company Absher Construction a $35,275,888 contract to build an enlisted personnel housing facility at the U.S. Army’s Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii. Via Public Data Ferret. [...]