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$115m construction contract at Iraq air base.

The Pernix-Serka JV has been awarded a reprocurement contract with an estimated value of between $95m and $115m for design and construction services work related to the former Sather Air Base in Iraq.

It is now known as the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Centre (BDSC). The contract has been awarded by the US State Department.

Previously, the design and construction of all improvements to finalise the masterplan at the BDSC had been awarded to a competitor with a 'notice to proceed' given on 23 June 2011.

However, the required work will no longer be performed under that contract. The State Department was required to assume the security and life support responsibilities necessary for government personnel following the departure of the US military on 15 December 2011.


It turned to Pernix-Serka in order to "stop the day-for-day delay in completing the facilities critical to the life safety and mission capability of government personnel..."

The ultimate value of this award to Pernix-Serka depends on the determination of the value of the work already in place and confirmation of the performance requirements.

Nidal Z. Zayed, CEO of Pernix Group, stated: "We are honoured to accept that trust and confidence from our government on such a critical effort in Iraq.

Pernix Group is a global company with its headquarters in Lombard, Illinois. The company is engaged in three primary business segments: construction services as a design-build general contractor in the federal and government market; building, managing and investing in energy projects as an independent power producer and general contractor; and RF transmitter design, installation and service.

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Publication:Construction Week
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Feb 22, 2012
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