ALBUQUERQUE, NM – May 9, 2018 – Keres, a Native American-owned small business that provides professional services in engineering, facilities, environment, and tribal programs, announced today that it secured two significant contracts through a newly-established joint venture with Faithful+Gould. The entity, Keres Faithful+Gould JV, was awarded over a million dollars in contracts with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and State of New Mexico in the first quarter of 2018.
Under a $1.1 million award from the BIA, a Bureau of the U.S. Department of Interior, Keres Faithful+Gould JV will perform nationwide, comprehensive facility condition assessments over a base-year term to a sample of 350 buildings – totaling 8.5 million square feet – owned or leased by the agency. The contract includes four one-year options, which could extend the project to a five-year term valued at more than $5.9 million.
Most recently, Keres+Faithful Gould JV was awarded a contract by the State of New Mexico to conduct facility condition assessments for 700 real property assets owned and managed by the State. The project could assess up to 7 million square feet of State-owned real property statewide – inclusive of pump houses, dormitories, hospitals, correctional facilities, museums, educational buildings, recreational centers, and other buildings.
“As a small business based in Albuquerque, we are humbled to be aligned with and mentored by a global company like Faithful+Gould,” said Christina Tewa, Senior Vice President of Keres. “We approach these initial awards to our joint venture with a dedication to provide both the State of New Mexico and the Bureau of Indian Affairs with a comprehensive, accurate, cost-friendly, and culturally-focused solution to manage their real property assets.”
Facility condition assessments provide a roadmap for repair, operations, maintenance and replacement needs within a building or structure. The assessment provides the data to define and determine the short- and long-term level of capital reinvestment needed to maintain a building as safe, reliable, functional, and more energy efficient. Facility condition assessments can be applied to determine future capital funding needs, space needs and to identify future physical maintenance repair, replacement, renovation and upgrade projects.
The Keres Faithful+Gould JV was also accepted into the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) All Small Mentor Protégé Program. As a participant in the Program, the mentor – Faithful+Gould – provides support to the protégé – Keres – through business development assistance and other needs identified by the protégé. Keres Faithful+Gould JV also qualifies as a small business under federal procurement size standards, as a participant in the SBA All Small Mentor Protégé Program.