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Open house Wednesday on federal data center work

Nearly 400 local small businesses are expected to attend an open house Wednesday to get information about applying for securing work on a new federal data center planned at Camp Williams.

The open house is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Larry Miller Free Enterprise Center, 9750 S. 300 West, Sandy.

Okland Constructions and Skanska USA Building have formed a joint venture partnerships to pursue a $1.6 billion building contract, and the open house is designed to provide a project overview and details about subcontracting.

Federal regulations require that up to 70 percent of the project's subcontractors qualify as minority, disadvantaged or small businesses.

The project has been commissioned by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The nearly $2 billion project is located at the Utah National Guard site at Camp Williams, will provide the area with thousands of top-paying jobs when it breaks ground later this year.