As the United States continues to focus resources and funding towards securing its citizens, facilities and infrastructure, Arrowhead stands ready to provide the resources and experience necessary to manage the most challenging Homeland Security upgrades to our nation’s federal and commercial infrastructure. Arrowhead offers an impressive resume of relevant work having implemented security upgrades to 35 Land Ports of Entry along U.S. borders, over 60 DoD CONUS and OCONUS installations and 120 DoD Joint Recruiting Centers across the Nation.
As nearly all security enhancements are highly intrusive to the existing facility and its occupants, these types of projects require a keen understanding of high security environments, site logistics, work sequencing, stakeholder coordination and the “ad-hoc” ability to respond to unforeseen site conditions.
Arrowhead has a proven track record of successfully working with specialty A&E design teams, and product manufacturers. Areas of expertise include:
- CBR Collective Protection Systems
- C4I System Installation
- Mass Communication Systems
- Structural Hardening
- Access Control Points
- Detention Facilities
- Kevlar Wall Panel Installation
- Fragmentation Film Installation
- Level-5 Bullet-Resistant Window Systems
- Radiation Portal Monitors
- CCTV Cabling, Cameras, Monitors and
- Multiplexing Systems
Crown Mountain ICE Renovation, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Arrowhead was awarded a $4.3M competitive firm-fixed contract by the USACE Jacksonville District to provide complete renovation of a former Naval Weapons Training Facility for future occupancy and use by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Based from the new facility, ICE operations will be responsible for identifying, investigating, and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security throughout the Caribbean Region. The facility encompasses a 10K square-foot, two-story masonry structure. The contractual scope of work was divided between two primary elements of work, Renovation of Building 2804 and Site Work.
Key feature of the Renovation of Building 2804 included: Interior demolition, new MEP systems including a 25K-ton RTU, CRAC units and split units; new integrated security system and fire alarm systems including sound masking, mass notification, CCTV, access control and access monitoring; new membrane roof; blast proof exterior windows and doors; interior security doors and wall panels; flooring, ceilings and wall finishes; and new water and wastewater treatment stems. Key features of the Site Work included: Installation of a subsurface perimeter drain system; new access control point, guard shack and perimeter security fence; replace parking area asphalt; clearing a fire break outside the security fence; and repainting a 100-foot high communication tower.
Outbound Border Crossing Renovations, 27 locations in Southwestern U.S.
Under a design-build General Services Administration (GSA) ID/IQ MATOC construction contract, Arrowhead serves as a dedicated construction phase team member. Under this competitive fixed unit-rate Task Order, Arrowhead participated as a fully-integrated general contractor to perform comprehensive security upgrades at 27 Land Ports of Entry (LPoE) operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (C&BP)along the southern border of the United States.
Working closely with the C&BP, GSA, and design partner Leidos, Arrowhead performed $9.2M in construction-phase services at 27 LPoE from San Diego, CA to Brownsville, Texas. The scope of work encompassed a diverse range of renovations including traffic-calming improvements, force protection upgrades of existing facilities; CCTV, roadway expansions; work zone canopies; vehicle barriers; and, traditional construction/renovation. As a requirement of the contract, all LPoE facilities remained operational during construction.
Accordingly, this required extensive coordination with multiple stakeholders in multiple locations. Additionally, because the project often required installing the equipment on property with multiple owners, close coordination with C&BP and GSA was critical to ensure access agreements were in place with local city, county, state and tribal officials.
Guardian Installation Protection Program (IPP), Locations Nationwide
Under a DoD Joint Command design-build ID/IQ SATOC contract, Arrowhead served as a dedicated construction phase team member to prime contractor Leidos. Under the Guardian IPP, Arrowhead participated as a fully-integrated general contractor providing comprehensive design support and construction phase services for the installation various force protection upgrades and CBRN detection systems. To date, Arrowhead has executed 84 design or construction task orders totaling in excess of $23 million at 62 military facilities across the country.
As a fully integrated team member on two contiguous Guardian Installation Protection Programs, Arrowhead maintained the responsibility to provide engineering support to the design of various security safeguards and to construct the security improvements in the field. The Installation Protection Program is a family of systems that both supplements and integrates other aspects of existing force protection, providing anti-terrorism capabilities against potential weapons of mass destruction events. The diverse and technically-complex scopes of work entailed constructing/installing and validating many of the newest, most advanced CBRN detection and C41 data management systems currently employed by the DoD.
DOD Recruiting Center, Nationwide Security Upgrades
As part of a multi-year contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arrowhead implemented physical security upgrades at approximately 950 DoD Recruiting Centers (RC’s) located throughout the Central U.S. Construction activities at each RC were managed as individual task orders with stand-alone budgets and schedules. The total contract had a value of $1.6M and took 18 months to complete.
During Phase 1 of the project, Arrowhead mobilized personnel throughout the Central U.S. to perform pre-construction site inspections. Utilizing specific Department of Defense security guidance, Arrowhead inspected each RC for security deficiencies. The primary elements of the inspections included: exterior door and locks, roof access control, basement crawl space control, entry detection systems, exterior window protection, window blinds, perimeter lighting and fire safety of which sub-elements included fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, exit lighting and emergency lighting. The status of each RC was documented in both written reports and digital photography. The results of the pre-construction inspections established both the type of mitigation measures to be implemented at each RC and facilitated the ordering goods and materials required to bring each RC into compliance.
At an RC requiring ballistic window upgrades, for example, all window dimensions were measured and unique building constraints noted, allowing the mitigation crew to arrive with the appropriate inventory of fragmentation film and tooling to ensure the cost-effective completion of required mitigation efforts in one mobilization. Additionally, smaller items such as door locks, smoke alarms, and fire extinguishers were also delivered and installed during the same visit whenever possible.
As part of Phase 2 of the project, Arrowhead was responsible for the installation of blast-proof windows at 950 RC’s and interior mitigation construction efforts at 40 of those facilities. In most cases, we are also responsible for the coordination of local specialty subcontractors including electricians, locksmiths, and welders.
A significant element of the Phase 2 construction effort was the sequencing of work and scheduling with local Recruiting Officers. Many of these facilities contained secure areas and involved multiple points of contact for access to various parts of the building. Given the 24 hour use of many RC’s, comprehensive communication with local stakeholders was a critical aspect of success.
Arrowhead was also responsible for maintaining detailed and accurate records of all newly installed hardware and electronic security devices for long-term operation and maintenance and warranty replacement purposes.
A final challenge associated with this project is the multi-year schedule and the fact it is funded annually. This requires that all mitigation work associated with each individual RC be completed, accepted and closed out in the funding cycle it is initiated in should future funding not be realized.