Pond's Planning & Geospatial Hub In Metairie Awarded $100 Million Military Contract


METAIRIE, La. — The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is pleased to announce a major achievement for an international company with a Jefferson Parish impact. Pond, an Architecture, Engineering and Planning firm with their Planning and Geospatial hub in Metairie was recently awarded a five-year, $100 million contract by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for real property planning and programming management support services under a Joint Venture with Woolpert.

Overseen and implemented by Pond's Metairie-based office, the contract will provide support for Army installations and Department of Defense (DoD) agencies at locations worldwide. This contract is the only worldwide Corps contract for master planning and programming and will allow Pond to support a wide range of DoD planning needs.

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"We are looking forward to working together on this contract," said Pond's Vice President of Military Planning and Geospatial, and Operations Officer of Pond's Metairie, LA Office Sam Briuglio. "We have worked with Woolpert on many projects and have a long-standing relationship with them in the industry. This is a great, complementary team that is ready to support our military clients with our full-service planning and geospatial capabilities."

In 2012, Pond, an Atlanta-based firm, established its international hub for Federal Facilities Planning and Geospatial Services in Metairie. What began as a small enterprise with only two employees has grown to incorporate more than 30 jobs and over 6,000 SF of office space to-date. The Metairie location offers a vast array of unique services, such as military and federal master planning, geospatial services, application development and design support, generating over $30 million in revenue since its inception.

While many of their clients are in the US military arena, Pond's Metairie office also works for Southern Company (providing natural gas GIS mapping support) and the Ed Wisner Donation (Coastal Restoration Management Planning and GIS). Notable Louisiana projects include an Installation Development Plan for the Louisiana Air National Guard; the I-10 Corridor Master Plan for the US Army Reserve; and an Army Materiel Command Master Plan at Fort Polk Army Garrison. Additionally, the company's Metairie office has several multi-year federal contracts with the Air National Guard, Marine Reserves, the Army Material Command, and Army Sustainment Command.

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Pond is dedicated to the regional community and developing the local workforce. Pond currently offers the first Military Master Planning class at the University of New Orleans. Briuglio also teaches classes at UNO on GIS and Cartography, and site planning for Military and Federal projects. Pond's Metairie office regularly gives back to the community through a variety of charitable donations and organizations, including Raintree Family Services, Make-a-Wish, Wounded Warrior and many more.

"We are proud to have this dynamic, impactful company in Jefferson Parish," said JEDCO President & CEO Jerry Bologna. "Not only does the Metairie office serve a unique and distinctive purpose for Pond, but it brings notoriety and global impact to our community regularly. We are so appreciative of Pond's focus on philanthropy and workforce development. Through their many efforts, they are improving our local economy and elevating the quality of life for our residents. We look forward to a long partnership with Pond."

"As a lifelong resident of our city, I have always believed in our region's abilities. I have been fortunate to work all over the world and can tell you without doubt that we have some of the most talented, dedicated, and driven professionals in the US right here in our own backyard. Pond is as dedicated to growing this business in Jefferson Parish as we are to continue serving our country's military with these niche serves. We plan further expansion of our Metairie office with additional A&E services and are inspired by the support we are receiving from our business community. We're providing mission-critical services to our country's military right here from Jefferson Parish. We look forward to further building these services, relationships with local business, and are excited about the future."

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