Doyon subsidiary gets nod for missile defense camp

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ANCHORAGE -- Doyon Universal Services has signed a multimillion-dollar agreement to build a 364-person camp in Delta Junction to house National Missile Defense construction workers.

The company signed the agreement with Fluor Alaska on May 15 and subcontractors began preparing the ground the same day, said Mark Huber, Doyon Universal president.

Doyon Universal is a subsidiary of Fairbanks-based Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation.

Doyon Universal will provide maintenance, security, housekeeping and catering services for the 57,000-square-foot work camp.

"When the camp is done, there will be a full 25 positions," Huber said. The camp will be off the Richardson Highway a mile south of the Fort Greely main gate.

The work is part of National Missile Defense project estimated to bring up to $325 million into the state. Fort Greely will be a test site for missile interceptors designed to shoot down incoming ballistic missiles.

The Fort Greely project will employ hundreds of workers during the construction phase, which begins this month. The first missile test at the site is scheduled for this fall, missile defense officials have said.

Fluor Alaska spokeswoman Cheryl Smith declined to comment on contracts the company has with subcontractors. The contract with Doyon Universal is about $13 million, said Orie Williams, Doyon president.

Doyon Universal has two subcontractors, Arctic Structures and Dihthaad Global Services, for the camp’s construction.

Anchorage-based Arctic Structures will provide 92 modular units that will make up the camp, said general manager Ron Courreges. The units will provide 130 double rooms, 104 single rooms, a kitchen and recreational area, he said.

"It’s a little better than a pipeline camp," Courreges said.

The units are being manufactured by about 70 employees at Arctic Structures’ Palmer plant and will be trucked to Delta Junction, with the first to arrive shortly.

The camp will be built in sections, with the first completed by June 25, Courreges said.

"We expect to be out of there by the end of July," he said.

The camp will be on 20 acres belonging to Dihthaad Global Services, owned by the Native village of Tanacross, said Jerry Isaac, Dihthaad president. Doyon Universal will lease the land for two years.

Twelve people working in 24-hour shifts finished preparation work, clearing the land and laying a gravel pad foundation, in nine days, said Adam Martin, Dihthaad general manager.

Dihthaad will next install a septic system pending approval from the state, he said.

Dihthaad has a $4 million contract with Doyon Universal to provide site preparation, housekeeping, transportation, water and sewer operations, camp maintenance and utilities operations, Martin said.

"When we’re done, we get the site without the camps," he said.

Dihthaad Global Services was formed last year to provide jobs for tribal members of Tanacross, Martin said.

06/09/2002 - 8:00pm