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Posted 10/1/2012

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By Kristen Skopeck
Public Affairs, Albuquerque District


District Project Manager Joe Almers and others attended a ground breaking ceremony for a new, 96-person dormitory at Cannon Air Force Base, in Clovis, N.M., Aug. 27, which is one of several Corps’ projects that are part of the base’s expansion.

According to Col. Wesley Norris, commander of the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group, Cannon’s expansion will include more people and more aircraft. He said the base has approximately 4,500 people but is expected to have around 6,000 by 2016. Likewise, it currently takes care of 44 airplanes but that number will increase to about 90 in the next few years.

The increase in people and planes require new housing and new maintenance facilities, and the District awarded several contracts in fiscal year 2012 to accommodate those needs.

MC-130 Squadron Operations Facility — $13,260,000.00
The project consists of the construction of an insulated concrete form or steel frame facility with reinforced concrete foundation and slab floor, masonry-type exteriors and standing seam metal roof.  It will include elevators, generators, utilities, pavements, site improvements, landscaping, fire protection, mass notification, communications, all necessary support equipment, and a Remote Switch Terminal with infrastructure.

Special Operations Forces Facility and Unmanned Aerial Support Squad Operations Facility — $23,600,426.80
The project was authorized to support the 3rd and 33rd Special Operations Squadron for the
MQ-9 Reaper UAS, which involves around-the-clock, 365-day-per-year operations and requirements for bed down of Special Operations Forces.  Key functional areas include an operations center, ground control stations, mission planning, consolidated briefing rooms, and administrative spaces for the commander and staff.  The multistory, steel frame facility will be digitally linked with units both deployed and in garrison.

Communications Facility’s Soils Remediation — $1,929,923.04
The project requires removal and proper disposal of soils, building debris, and unknown utilities suspected or known to be contaminated with asbestos-containing material.  It also includes any associated over excavation of soil and backfill of all excavated areas with suitable clean engineered fill at the site of a future Consolidated Communications Facility.

Two 96-Person Dorms — $12,413,207.00 and $12,463,189.00
The two projects consist of the design and construction of a three-story, dormitory (96 rooms) with reinforced concrete foundation, walls and floors, on steel frames.  The exterior is split-faced concrete masonry unit block with a metal roof.  The project will include all utilities, pavements, site improvements, landscaping and required facility support.

Wastewater Treatment Plant — $7,787,000.00
The project consists of expanding the existing wastewater treatment plant to handle a capacity of 1 million gallons per day, including the construction of a new 250,000 gallon aerobic digester, and the conversion of the existing aerobic digester into a sequencing batch reactor.  A new aerobic digester will also be constructed and will include new railings, larger blowers, and plumbing and electronic control systems.  The project includes an upgrade to a larger transformer and emergency generator, and upgrades to the grit and grease collection device.  A lift station upstream of the grit and grease device will be installed.

Apron and Taxiway — $26,835,566.07
This project will consist of the construction of a C-130 aircraft parking apron and taxiway consisting of approximately 125,000 yards of 16.5 inch concrete pavement.  The project will include, among other things, aircraft tie downs, aircraft grounding points, site drainage, associated taxiway access, shoulders, pavement markings and lighting.  The project will also include demolition and infrastructure relocation.  The infrastructure relocation is to critical base systems, such as a potable water system consisting of a new water supply well and water loop of approximately 21,000 linear feet, as well as a primary power duct bank approximately 10,000 linear feet, runway lighting controls, taxiway lighting and utilities.

C-130 Washrack Hangar — $9,329,356.00
The project consists of construction of an indoor wash facility for aircraft up to the size of a C-130 aircraft.  The facility consists of reinforced concrete footings, foundation and floor slab, structural steel frame, insulated metal walls and roof, fire protection, apron and taxiway improvements, utilities, site improvements, communication and necessary support.

Hangar/Aircraft Maintenance Unit — $28,160,000.00
This project will consist of the construction of a high bay aircraft maintenance hangar, with associated aircraft maintenance unit, including fire-water-storage tanks and pump house, fire protection utility and expansion foam.  Project also includes aircraft part storage warehouse.

Flight Simulator Facility — $7,349,000.00
This project consists of the construction of a 1,427 square meter flight simulator facility.  The new building will contain a simulator bay, training rooms, private offices, classrooms, briefing rooms, and a mechanical yard.  This facility will also contain fire suppression, utilities, site improvements, communications systems and support for the MC-130 aircraft.

Aircraft Maintenance Facility — $14,700,000.00
The project consists of construction of two steel frame structures with a concrete foundation and floor slab, masonry walls and sloped metal roof.  One facility is a two-story Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Facility designed to accommodate management functions in support of all C-130 aircraft.  The second facility is a General Purpose Maintenance Facility designed to accommodate two maintenance areas, support offices, and tool checkout area.

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