Project Description

Tunista Construction, LLC was awarded the BCT Increment 3A Dining Facility project at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA as a competitive best value selection with the Seattle District of the USACE.  Tunista provided comprehensive general construction services for the construction of a new 20,000 square foot dining facility that serves 800 soldiers and military personnel per day. The kitchen area required extensive plumbing, electrical, and mechanical scopes of work.

 As a part of this construction program for the new facility, two 50,000 square foot barracks buildings were demolished, to include the removal and disposal of asbestos and other hazardous materials.  Tunista Construction’s focus on sustainable construction processes and LEED programs resulted in a significant green savings to the project as usable concrete from the previous buildings were recycled into 1,200 cubic yards of material for the new 2.83-acre site.  

As General Contractor, TCL managed all aspects of the construction and coordinated a high performing team of subcontractors.  The project was managed under the Lean Construction methodology of project delivery, implementing the Last Planner System for weekly, and monthly planning (pull planning).  Teams worked at a high level of efficiency through a collaborative effort of communication and project controls.  

A core focus for the company is the development of our program at JBLM; Tunista Construction self-performed all of the civil construction and concrete work at the site.  Additionally, TCL worked closely with a heavily coordinated effort with other contractors at adjacent construction sites to maintain a high level of efficiency between our self-performing crews on neighboring contracts. 

Contract Number:  W912DW-13-C-0035

Owner:  USACE, Seattle District

Location: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

Completion Date: May 2015

Contract Value: $10,598,542

Square Footage: 19,967

Self-Performed Work: 35%

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

Professional Services:

  • New Construction

Sustainable Features:

  • Recycled usable concrete from demolition
  • Storm water systems, including groundwater recharge and rain gardens
  • Recycled structural steel for the new building
  • Heat Island effect reduction roofing
  • Energy efficient HVAC and electrical equipment
  • Crushing and recycling building concrete for subgrade material concrete slab sub-grade and road base
  • Crushing and recycling site asphalt for paving base course
  • Water efficient low flow toilet fixtures
  • PVC piping was manufactured with recycled plastic
  • Metal piping was manufactured with recycled metal
  • Recycled crushed concrete was used for the sub-base for the underground utility piping
  • Recycled demolished asphalt
  • Recycled aggregate was used for the concrete slab sub-grade and road base
  • High performance window glazing and insulation systems
  • Low emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings