By James F. Lowe
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Kansas City District
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District awarded about 1,400 contracts worth more than $350 million in fiscal year 2017.
Gwendi Miller, chief of the Contracting Division for the district, acknowledged the hard work of employees leading up to the Sept. 30 end-of-the-fiscal-year deadline.
“Our team worked with the larger team across the District and the Northwestern Division to complete many important contract actions,” she said. “Our commander, Col. Doug Guttormsen, emphasizes delivering on our commitments to our customers, and I think we were able to do that very well.”
Miller talked about why District employees work extended hours throughout the last quarter of the fiscal year to ensure contracts – like those last-minute military installation support projects - are awarded.
“The last two projects awarded in FY17 were both Architect-Engineer contracts to design facilities at Fort Leavenworth. Awarding the A-E contracts on time was critical to ensuring that follow-on construction contracts can be awarded in FY18 to meet mission requirements.”
As the District turns the page to fiscal year 2018, Rex Ostrander, Deputy District Engineer for Project Management, commended the Contracting Division as part of the District team that focused on executing the District’s commitments, “I have seen the hard work and experienced the dedication to meeting the needs of our customers. I couldn’t be prouder of our personnel.”
In addition to celebrating numerous project completions throughout the District, the 500 overall personnel at the District headquarters office in downtown Kansas City were treated to a hot dog cookout during the lunch break, complete with senior leaders cooking the dogs and serving the chips, cookies and drinks – which the leaders and supervisors pitched in to pay for – held on Oct. 12.
The Kansas City District is a team of dedicated professionals with a strong heritage and proven results who, in collaboration with our partners, proudly serve in the Heartland providing leadership, technical excellence, and innovative solutions to the nation's most complex problems.
Release no. 17-048