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Corps in Kansas City marks end of fiscal year with $350 million in contract awards

Published Nov. 1, 2017
End of Year Senior Leader BBQ

Gwendi Miller (left), chief of Contracting, serves hot dog to Curtis Hoagland, of the Planning Branch, at the end of fiscal year hot dog cookout, paid for by senior leaders and supervisors, on October 12, 2017.

End of Year Senior Leader BBQ

Will Ristom (left), Logistics manager, and Bob Kreienheder, chief of the Construction Division, get the hot dogs ready at the end of fiscal year hot dog cookout October 12, 2017.

End of Year Senior Leader BBQ

Personnel of the Kansas City District headquarters, line up for the end of fiscal year hot dog cookout October 12. 2017 at the Richard Bolling Federal Building in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

End of Year Senior Leader BBQ

U.S. Army Col. Doug Guttormsen, commander, Kansas City District, a New Jersey native sporting his Yankees hat the day after they made the American League Championship Series, greets Kevin Bishop, of the Real Estate Division, at the end of fiscal year hot dog cookout October 12, 2017.

End of Year Senior Leader BBQ

Rex Ostrander (left), Deputy District Engineer for Project Management, and David Mathews, chief of the Engineering Division, serve beverages at the end of fiscal year hot dog cookout October 12, 2017.

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.

Kansas City District Public Affairs
Kansas City, MO

Release no. 17-048