Navy workers lost most Pentagon offices in crash

Navy workers lost most Pentagon offices in crash

One thousand Navy personnel were displaced after a hijacked jetliner crashed into the Pentagon last Tuesday. The employees have already relocated to office space in Arlington, Va.

Seventy percent of the Navy's Pentagon spaces were destroyed in the terrorist attack, said Ron Turner, deputy Navy CIO. The displaced employees are using five floors in a commercial building on Jefferson Davis Highway as temporary office space until portions of the Pentagon can be rebuilt. The new offices have been equipped with 860 notebook PCs, 335 classified desktop machines, 30 servers, network cabling and routers, Turner said.

'Our entire network control center was hit,' he said. Turner added that there has been no effect on the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, thanks to redundancy.

While Navy workers moved into their new digs, the Pentagon Renovation Program awarded a contract potentially worth $758 million and expected to take 11 years, to rebuild the damaged areas. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Chantilly, Va., was chosen over two other design-build teams, based on price and the company's technical management expertise, officials said.

'With the award of this contract, we can begin immediate repairs to the Pentagon and make the necessary improvements that will keep it operational for the next 50 years,' said Lee Evey, Pentagon Renovation Program manager.

Working around 20,000 busy Pentagon employees, the contractor team led by Hensel Phelps will remove about 350 million pounds of debris, demolish sections down to the concrete columns and floor slabs, and then rebuild office space with as much square footage as two Empire State Buildings.

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