Construction Complete at CCAD's DCRF

by Brigitte Rox, CCAD Public Affairs

DCRF

CCAD's new Dynamic Components Rebuild Facility. Photo by Ervey Martinez (RELEASED).

Corpus Christi, TX (August 13, 2013) – There was no pause for celebration when construction wrapped on the Corpus Christi Army Depot’s (CCAD) new Dynamic Component Rebuild Facility (DCRF), July 30.

Navy Facilities Command (NAVFAC) at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi turned over Build 1700 by issuing the Beneficial Occupancy Date (BOD) the same day.

“This signifies that the contract to build the DCRF is deemed complete,” explained Victor Lopez, Chief of the Facility Engineering Management Division (FEMD) at CCAD.

“We now have responsibility in ownership of the entire building.”

Infrastructure Operations Director Marc Gonzales states that this military construction project (MILCON) will accommodate state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure to turn around critical aircraft components at a maximized pace, quality, and cost to the customer while reducing its environmental footprint.  This positions the DCRF as a model of efficiency that will deliver a swift and steady return on investment to the American taxpayer.

With construction done, CCAD crews are working at a fervent pace to set up shop and begin production.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done but that’s par for the course, especially considering the size and nature of what’s going on here,” said Lopez. “It really is an exciting thing to get the BOD.”

The facility will house CCAD’s powertrain production, mostly for assembly and testing of transmissions and gearboxes for many of the helicopters.

Since its inception in 1961, CCAD has grown to become the largest tenant organization on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) with more than 58 acres, 2.3 million square feet of industrial space and sixty buildings and hangars, many of which have gone largely unchanged since they were built in 1941.

With an evolving mission and increasing capabilities, CCAD has experienced a number of growing pains with its current infrastructure. The new DCRF facility would reduce the overall cost of operations while providing additional and customized spacing to accommodate the critical workload.

 

Designated a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft, Corpus Christi Army Depot ensures aviation readiness through overhaul, repair, modification, retrofit, testing, recapitalization, and modernization of helicopters, engines and components. This effort includes world-wide on-site field maintenance teams, analytical crash investigations and chemical material process facilities. CCAD serves as a depot training base for active duty Army, National Guard, and reserve units. CCAD, as South Texas' largest industrial employer, employs more than 5500 personnel and contractors providing an overall economic impact of more than $1.14 Billon to the local community.