Case Study:

Los Angeles Air Force Base

2/3 Reduction in Operating Costs for Los Angeles Air Force Base

The Los Angeles Air Force Base (LA AFB) is home to the Space System Command Center (formerly the Space and Missile Systems Center), a subordinate unit of the Air Force Space Force. It is the center of technical excellence for research, development, and the acquisition of military space systems. The center is responsible for on-orbit checkout, testing, sustainment, and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems. The installation spans six locations: the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, CA; Fort MacArthur, Pacific Heights and Pacific Crest in San Pedro, CA; Camp Parks Communication Annex in Dublin, CA; and the Defense Contract Maintenance Agency in Carson, CA.

Situation

For decades, due to vendor underperformance, L.A. Air Force Base’s leadership cycled through operations and maintenance contractors every three to five years. However, in 2007, when their contract was awarded to PRIDE Industries, they found a facilities management partner who was up to the challenge.

At the start, because necessary repairs had been deferred by previous contractors, a substantial backlog existed. This included several critical pieces of infrastructure in need of repair: large air handlers which had corroded, landscaping that was not drought-tolerant, a base pool which had been closed due to safety issues, and the Child Development Center whose gravel presented a choking hazard to children.

The base also needed support in its environmental and engineering departments, including coordination with regulatory agencies, design layout, inspection, real property management, and base-asset tracking.

Solution

In PRIDE Industries, the Los Angeles Air Force Base found a partner that could meet their rigorous maintenance requirements in operations, engineering, and environmental services. Since 2007, our excellent work has resulted in completion of critical repairs, implementation of optimal maintenance processes and timetables, the meeting of engineering and environmental requirements, and four contract renewals. Our work has included and surpassed the following:

  • Replacing the rusted air handlers with updated models that are designed to withstand local conditions
  • Xeriscaping the grounds throughout the base, replacing green areas with desert-friendly flora
  • Repairing and refurbishing the pool to make it safe and fully operational
  • Replacing the gravel around the Child Development Center with large stones rated as safe for children
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) asset tracking
  • Real property management
  • Regulatory compliance assurance with federal, state, and local entities
  • End-to-end project development, including design, implementation, and inspection
  • Vibrational analyses on critical equipment
  • Ongoing preventative maintenance

Services Provided

  • Building manager programs
  • CADD services
  • Community planning
  • Construction design review
  • Construction management and inspection
  • Energy management
  • Environmental compliance
  • Estimating
  • Fire chief services
  • GIS database management
  • IT support services
  • Maintenance engineering Services
  • Pest control services
  • Project budgeting and programming
  • Real property management
  • Recycling services
  • Reliability-centered maintenance
  • Roads and grounds maintenance
  • Space allocation
  • Utility system services
  • Warranty program services

Results

  • Since 2007, our contract with LA AFB has been renewed multiple times.
  • The scope of the original contract work has expanded by more than 100%.
  • In 2013, the Defense Contracting Management Agency (DCMA) facility in nearby Carson was added to our service area.
  • In 2015, we began providing engineering and environmental services to the 61st Civil Engineer and Logistics Squadron, which is responsible for all engineering design, construction, renovation, pollution prevention, environmental restoration, compliance, and conservation programs.
  • PRIDE Industries now provides landscaping and facilities management services to more than 102,000 acres and 68 buildings at the LA AFB, including two communication centers, two department stores, and a grocery store.
  • Since 2007, our year-over-year completion rate is 99% for preventive maintenance projects.
  • PRIDE Industries supports the regional economy by using local subcontractors and vendors owned by women, service-disabled veterans, or other underrepresented groups, and are designated as small disadvantaged businesses.

“PRIDE Industries is a true partner of the Los Angeles Air Force Base. Their team works hard for the Air Force on a daily basis. Their dedication to the Preventative Maintenance program at LA has saved U.S. taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. I appreciate the PRIDE team and their dedication to our mission at LA Air Force Base.”

— Deputy Base Civil Engineer, LA AFB

Highlights

68

buildings maintained

102,000

acres maintained

2/3

reduction in operating costs since initial contract

99%

completion rate for preventive maintenance year-over-year

“PRIDE Industries is a true partner of the Los Angeles Air Force Base. Their team works hard for the Air Force on a daily basis. Their dedication to the Preventative Maintenance program at LA has saved U.S. taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. I appreciate the PRIDE team and their dedication to our mission at LA Air Force Base.”

— Deputy Base Civil Engineer, LA AFB
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