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PWC Norfolk Pier Work
With the help of BU1 Porter (left), Senior Seabee SWC (SCW) Joe Joyce retires the colors of PWC Norfolk July 30, 2004 at the ceremony to disestablish Public Works Center (PWC) Norfolk and establish NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic. The colors were passed from Capt. Eichert through the hands of PWC's five top senior civilians at the time – Doris Hamlar, Ray Filer, Dale Matthews, Joe Kozloski, and Don McCuiston--before being stored for display. Photo: John Land, NAVFAC Midlant Visual Information Specialist.
PWC Norfolk electricians Carl Schwartz and Clifton Morgan.
PWC Norfolk circa 1970s


On July 30, 2004, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic was established as a command. NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic incorporated employees of the Navy Public Works Center (PWC) Norfolk, the Regional Engineer, and the NAVFAC Atlantic Hampton Roads Integrated Product Team (IPT). This transformation was part of the global reshaping of NAVFAC to eliminate duplication, generate long-term savings and deliver products and services to our clients in a more effective and efficient manner.

PWC Norfolk was founded on June 15, 1948 as a Secretary of the Navy initiative to consolidate public works functions for a naval base. It was the first center to consolidate public works services for the Navy. PWC Norfolk initially operated under the management control of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, exercised through the Commander, Naval Operating Base Norfolk. PWC Norfolk continued to grow and expand. In 1991, Defense Management Review Decision 967 directed the consolidation of base engineering services for select installations. PWC Norfolk expanded again in 1996 when Naval Weapons Station Yorktown requested that their Public Works Department (PWD) be consolidated with PWC Norfolk. Also in 1996, the PWC Detachment in Philadelphia was transferred to PWC Norfolk from PWC San Francisco Bay. In 1997 and 1998, respectively, Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J. and Naval Inventory Control Point Mechanicsburg consolidated their PWDs with the PWC Detachment in Philadelphia. In 2003, the PWD at the Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, N.J. also joined the PWC team.

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, established the Regional Engineer organization November 23, 1998 by combining many of the existing Base and Staff Civil Engineer organizations. This organization manages the Facility Management, Utility, Transportation, Facility Services, and Sustainment Restoration and Modernization Programs for the Regional Commander. The commanding officer of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic continues to be "double-hatted" in serving as the Regional Engineer.

The employees who joined NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic from NAVFAC Atlantic July 30, 2004 were those who provided support to clients throughout Hampton Roads. They include a cadre of professionals with expertise in planning, design, project management, environmental, acquisition and real estate as well as five Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Divisions (FEADs). These are located at Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

On January 22, 2006, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic expanded to include public works operations at Naval Station Newport R.I., Naval Submarine Base New London (Groton, Conn.), and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (Kittery, Maine) as well as the North Carolina Integrated Product Team (IPT) and the ROICC (Resident Officers in Charge of Construction) offices at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.

In addition to this geographical realignment, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic also aligned to a new common PWD structure at each site: Oceana, Little Creek, Portsmouth, Yorktown, Norfolk, Naval Support Activity Norfolk, Pennsylvania, and Earle, N.J. as well as at each of the new Northeast sites: Maine, Newport and New London. This transformation is part of NAVFAC's aggressive plan to dramatically transform its global engineering, acquisition, and public works organization. In fiscal year 2008, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic also integrated Wallops Island, Va. and began providing Navy Working Capital Fund (NWCF) financial and systems support to NAVFAC Europe.

On August 13, 2008, the commissioning ceremony of the Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC), Marine Corps Installation East took place at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. OICC MCI East was established as an Echelon V command under NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic to lead facilities engineering and acquisition efforts and manage the planning, design and construction of projects related to the Marine Corps Bachelor Quarters Rehabilitation and Grow the Force initiatives at Camp Lejeune.

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic has a workforce of more than 100 officers and enlisted personnel and more than 3,300 civilian personnel. NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic operates with an annual Navy Working Capital Fund business volume of approximately $560 million and executes more than $1.5 billion a year in construction, professional engineering and facilities services for the Navy and Marine Corps.

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