The $5 million contract is for architectural and engineering work for Air Force Reserve projects in the Army Corps' Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, according to the General Services Administration.
The contract was awarded as part of a small business “set-aside” under federal contract guidelines. The set-aside allows small businesses to qualify for federal and defense contracts that might otherwise be closed to them, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“When market research concludes that small businesses are available and able to perform the work or provide the products being procured by the government, those opportunities are ‘set aside’ exclusively for small business concerns,” the SBA said in documentation about small business set-asides.
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