Last year it was announced the US was looking to build a secret underground complex in Israel. On February 13 a contract was awarded to Conti Corp Federal Services in Edison, NJ, to complete the project. Their bid of almost US$63 million came in well below the possible US$100 million set aside for the project.
Conti’s bid went toward building five underground levels and six above ground buildings to be completed by May 2015. All contractors involved in the program must posses a U.S. or Israeli Secret Security Clearance. Walter Pincus from the Washington Post who broke the story believes the site to be a secure command center.
The US government issued another request for proposal on December 28 to construct Site 81 Phase II. Also in Israel, also partially underground, this project calls for up to US$100 million to refinish six underground facilities and some currently occupied surface buildings. Walter Pincus from the Washington Post fleshed out the original proposal for the Site 911 construction project in November (see above link). That nearly US$63 million project awarded to Conti can be built only by workers from specific countries with proper security clearances. The construction will be performed under a building that is currently occupied and will continue to be occupied during construction.
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When complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory — all wedged behind shock resistant doors — with radiation protection and massive security.