8-koi Supports Opening of NASA Lunabotics Competition Arena at Kennedy Space Center

The NASA Lunabotics Competition Arena is open for the first time to students after a two-year delay caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Designed and constructed in 2019 by 8-koi, the Lunabotics Artemis Arena at Kennedy Space Center in Florida serves as the venue for the fourth and final competition event of the year-long challenge. Lunabotics challenges college and university teams of students from across the United Sates in a full-on engineering exercise where participants receive practical experience in the full engineering lifecycle process from concept development to system closeout.

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8-koi Selected for Streamlined Technology Acquisitions Resources for Services III (STARS III) Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACS)

8-koi is one of 426 small businesses awarded the General Services Administration Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services III (STARS III) Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs). The contract vehicle is an effort to provide agencies with more emerging technology options, completing the first phase of awards for the 8(a) STARS III GWAC, with a contract ceiling of $50 billion.

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8-koi Selected for Marine Corps Program Manager, Training Systems Contract

8-koi received a Single Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to provide acquisition related contracting support services to the US Marine Corps Program Manager, Training Systems (PM TRASYS, PMM-130) in Orlando, FL.

PM TRASYS is responsible for the total life cycle support of USMC ground training systems. This service contract will provide contracting support services to assist PM TRASYS in providing highly immersive training environments that hone Marines cognitive decision making while rehearsing critical technical and tactical skills.

“We are thrilled to provide support to the Marine Corps with Senior Acquisition Specialists who are Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified. Our contracting experts intend to jump right in and integrate seamlessly with the USMC team in Central Florida,” said 8-koi Chief Operating Officer Dean Rosenquist.

8-koi’s acquisition specialists will embed with the PM TRASYS office to support US Marine Corps training requirements that rely on a complex portfolio of training systems that support USMC ground synthetic and live training systems.

In the past, 8-koi has performed on similar contracts with the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) by providing Tactical Combat Casualty Care training programs, and has also provided administrative and acquisition related support services to help improve readiness with the US Navy Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240). See more about 8-koi Technical and Administrative capabilities.

8-koi Wins Army Corps Three-Year Renovation, Repair Contract

8-koi is one of six competitively selected Woman Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) to win the Army Corps of Engineers’ Horizontal Construction, Renovation, Repair, and Incidental Design Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for a three-year period of performance with work taking place in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia.

The general construction contract requires 8-koi to provide supervisory, technical, and administrative staff to include field superintendents, quality control managers, architects, engineers, interior designers, clerks, and project managers, among others. 8-koi maintains a General Contractors license in the state of Florida and has provided design-build services to government clients since 2016.

Task orders for engineering-design and construction projects may include new construction and/or rehabilitation of facilities and structures such as project management offices or shop buildings, storage facilities, campsites, bath houses, picnic sites, playgrounds, picnic shelters, courtesy docks, boat storage, etc. to include power, paving, and roofing in the Army Corps’ Mobile District.

“This is our first contract with the Army Corps and our team is looking forward to supporting this agency with improvements to public use areas in the Southeast region,” said 8-koi President Inga Young.

8-koi Construction Division Vice President Otto Herrera says, “It’s always exciting to start work with a new customer to learn their preferences, adopt their standards, and develop the relationship over time to meet their needs.”

In March 2019, 8-koi acquired Cape Design Engineering Co. (CDE) to expand its WOSB design engineering and mil-spec construction capabilities. The company is headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida and has completed projects for the US Navy in Jacksonville and in Kings Bay, Georgia, among others. 8-koi currently employs 130 people to support its construction and design engineering divisions.

Preferred Service Provider for Palm Beach State College

8-koi’s CDE has been selected as the preferred service provider for Palm Beach State College’s five campuses and will perform structural and MEP continuing services for projects under $1M. For almost two decades CDE has provided engineering support to PBSC. It was the first public State College facility to earn the prestigious USGBC LEED Platinum rating in the State of Florida. Another win, another great day to be 8-koi. Go Team!

NASA Lunabotics Competition Arena Construction at KSC Completed by 8-koi

8-koi has completed the construction contract to build the Robotic Mining Competition Indoor Arena at KSC in Florida. Awarded by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC), 8-koi furnished all the labor, equipment, materials, transportation and supervision within a budget of $292,957.


The newly constructed arena will host the international competition on May 18-22, 2020, at the Astronauts Memorial Foundation in the Center for Space Education at KSC. Competing teams are challenged to design and build a robotic excavator that can excavate the most simulated lunar dirt within a specified time. Teams submit a systems engineering paper and educational outreach project. The competition is designed to promote and engage students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA’s missions.

Check out the video from the previous Robotic Mining Competition.