ENGINEERING TECH

Baker-Stanley-Cardno Joint Venture has been Awarded Seat on the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's AE Next Contract

Michael Baker International | May 10, 2021

The Baker-Stanley-Cardno Joint Venture (JV), founded by Michael Baker International, Stanley Consultants, and Cardno, announced today that it will support worldwide the United States Air Force and the United States Space Force facility and infrastructure requirements under the "AE Next – Pool 4" Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). The AE Next IDIQ, worth $2 billion, will last for up to ten years. The Baker-Stanley-Cardno JV, led by Michael Baker International, will provide the Air Force, Space Force, and other federal agencies with access to the power of three leading architecture and engineering (AE) firms and the full range of their world-class planning, design, and consulting capabilities.

"Michael Baker has a legacy of service to the United States federal government stretching back to 1940, and our team's work under this contract will continue to help essential United States military and national security missions around the globe," said Brian May, Michael Baker International's National Market Lead – Air Force. "The long-standing relationship between Michael Baker, Stanley Consultants, and Cardno blends our firms' unique strengths and provides a strong, full-service architecture and engineering team dedicated to providing superior engineering design and creative solutions for complex projects."

The Baker-Stanley-Cardno joint venture was a key service provider on AFCEC's AE13 contract, which expired in September 2020. The new AE Next Pool 4 contract will begin in the second quarter of 2021. Pool 4 is available to support Military Construction (MILCON) and Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization (SRM) projects focused on facility construction and renovation, as well as general infrastructure needs.

About Michael Baker International

Michael Baker International is a well-known engineering and consultancy firm. Design, civil engineering, planning, architecture, environmental, construction, and program management are also part of the firm's Practices. For more than 80 years, the firm has become a dependable partner, offering comprehensive services and solutions to private customers, all branches of the military, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Michael Baker is an industry leader who provides experience and efficiency by embracing new technologies and the newest developments, such as intelligent transportation and design-build project delivery. With a culture of innovation, collaboration, and technological advancement, the firm's more than 3,000 staff in over 100 cities are committed to Making a Difference for clients and communities.

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Trimble | August 12, 2022

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McKinstry | May 20, 2022

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Unanet | May 26, 2022

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