US Army Corps of Engineers
Albuquerque District

Corps Ensures Lab Built to Fulfill Air Force’s Needs

By PAO
Public Affairs
Published May 1, 2011
Included in the ribbon-cutting (L to R): Mr. Donald Greenwood, president of construction, Burns & McDonnell Corporation; Lt. Col. David Hornyak, vice commander, 377th Air Base Wing; Mr. John Garcia, chairman of the Kirtland Partnership Committee; Col. Daniel Morin, vice commander, Air Force Research Lab; U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich; Col. William Cooley, director, Space Vehicles; Dr. Joel Mozer, associate chief, Battlespace Environment Division; Lt. Col. Jason Williams, Albuquerque District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Mr. Brent Wilson, base civil engineer, Kirtland Air Force Base.

Included in the ribbon-cutting (L to R): Mr. Donald Greenwood, president of construction, Burns & McDonnell Corporation; Lt. Col. David Hornyak, vice commander, 377th Air Base Wing; Mr. John Garcia, chairman of the Kirtland Partnership Committee; Col. Daniel Morin, vice commander, Air Force Research Lab; U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich; Col. William Cooley, director, Space Vehicles; Dr. Joel Mozer, associate chief, Battlespace Environment Division; Lt. Col. Jason Williams, Albuquerque District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Mr. Brent Wilson, base civil engineer, Kirtland Air Force Base.

A contract the Corps awarded in 2008 for the construction of a 145,000 square foot Battlespace Environment Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base was seen to fruition, and the structure, which cost nearly $60 million, was officially opened for business April 21.

Construction of the lab was a result of Congress’ 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decision which directed the relocation of the Air Force Research Lab’s Battlespace Environment Division from Hanscom AFB, near Boston, to Kirtland by 2011. The Corps broke ground on the lab in early 2009 and constructed the facility in less than 18 months.

The project engineer was Joan Coffing, the project manager was Connie Runyan and the quality assurance was performed by Al Lopez and Carlo Trujillo.