Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific awarded a contract Thursday for the development, maintenance and operations of a temporary employee housing camp to accommodate workers supporting the earthquake recovery program at Naval Air Weapons Stations China Lake, according to a news release.

The $84.5 million firm-fixed price task order under a multiple award contingency contract was awarded to IAP-ECC LLC, of Burlingame, California, for construction and maintenance of a temporary employee housing camp at NAWS China Lake.

Work will be performed in Ridgecrest, with an expected completion date of March 2025.

The temporary housing camp is intended to support 11 military construction project contractors in an emergency response to the earthquakes that affected the China Lake area in July 2019.

“With the unprecedented construction program underway here at China Lake, this temporary employee housing camp is instrumental in our ability to execute this program on time and within budget,” said Officer in Charge of Construction China Lake Commanding Officer Capt. Laurie Scott in the news release.

The contract will provide incidental temporary facilities for workers including fencing, living/sleeping units, an operational center and a security station. Facility services covered include management and administration, unaccompanied housing, facility investment, custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, grounds maintenance and landscaping, pavement clearance, wastewater, and water.

“Based on input from multiple contractors at various industry forums, we believe that this temporary employee housing camp will provide for a more stable workforce as we anticipate up to 1,500 craftsmen at the peak of construction,” added Scott in the release.