PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The last of 23 construction, maintenance and clean-up projects financed by an allocation of $7,358,343 obtained through provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are nearing completion at the Presidio of Monterey, according to a spokesperson for the Presidio Directorate of Public Works.

The 23 projects are aimed at improving infrastructure at the Presidio and Ord Military Community, said supervisory industrial engineer Thomas R. Uncles, who recently moved from the position as chief of DPW's Business Operations and Integration Division.

All but four of the 23 projects had been completed by mid-September, Uncles said. The last four projects were the costliest and due for completion at the beginning of fiscal year 2011, which began Oct. 1. These projects are the design and construction of visitors' centers at the Presidio, Private Bolio Gate and Franklin Street Gate (projects budgeted at $749,040 and $747,643, respectively) and information centers at the High Street Gate and Taylor Street Gate ($735,243 and $729,276 respectively).

The AARA, commonly referred to as "The Recovery Act" or "The Stimulus," was enacted by the U.S. Congress in February 2009, following other economic recovery legislation, notably the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which created the Troubled Assets Relief Program, commonly referred to as TARP.

"Around February 2009, (Installation Management Command) Headquarters notified Army garrisons that some stimulus funds might be available to them," Uncles said. "DPW here at the Presidio was asked to submit a prioritized list of projects to improve infrastructure. These were reviewed at IMCOM level."

Uncles said IMCOM then notified DPW that stimulus funds totaling $7,358,343 were approved to cover the cost of 22 projects. (IMCOM approved a 23rd project months later when some savings on the original estimates were realized.)

"DPW engineers scoped out each of the projects" Uncles said. "They visited the sites and wrote the project specifications. The Presidio's Mission and Installation Contract Command received these specifications, and with the support of the Presidio's Municipal Service Agency we were able to contract the projects out. Most of the contracts were awarded during the August-September 2009 time frame."

Uncles said 12 of the contracts were forwarded to the Sacramento District of the Army Corps of Engineers for execution.

In addition to the construction of visitors and information centers, the 23 projects have led to improvements across the Presidio and OMC, where structures and facilities have been improved by:

- Replacement of windows, carpets and plumbing fixtures.
- Replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
- Repair of natural gas systems and leaking water lines.
- Repair of floors.
- Repair of sidewalks and access roads.
- Installation of exterior lighting, fire sprinkler heads and other safety components.
- Removal of inactive communications lines.
- Mitigation and abatement of asbestos.