Building on a Legacy: Marine Corps Air Station

For over a decade, PCL has been constructing military facilities across the country. When an electrical fire destroyed the original headquarters at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, in 2007 a piece of military history was lost forever. The facility was one of the original structures that was built on the base when it was commissioned during World War ll.


The Marine Corps Air Station headquarters at Cherry Point, North Carolina
PCL was chosen by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to rebuild the Marine headquarters on the same site as the historic facility. PCL and its employees were eager to dedicate themselves to a project that would capture the sense of pride and historic value fitting a Marine military headquarters. The new state-of-the-art building provides the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing with a facility that meets the needs of a modern military operation. This new two-story headquarters is larger than the old one and it brings together, under one roof, many departments that had been scattered in different buildings across the base. 


The 2nd MAW Command Operations Facility is the largest and most high-profile project to be completed on the base in the last 10 years. The intent of the new building was to consolidate staff from across the base into one location. Construction could not delay the logistics of moving staff, so the PCL team worked quickly to meet the aggressive project delivery date. PCL was able to hand over the building to the client on schedule. 
While working fast, PCL also worked safe. In 2011, PCL was given the Walt Baer Safety Award for the project. The award is given quarterly by NAVFAC to the safest construction project on the Cherry Point base. This recognition comes with acknowledgement that the PCL project team followed all safety criteria as set forth by NAVFAC, and has achieved excellence in this area.


Once complete, the building was dedicated in the name of Gen. Christian F. Schilt, a pioneer of Marine Corps aviation. In 1928, Schilt earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism. PCL is proud to have been involved in building a facility that stands in tribute to a distinguished military leader.