US Army Corps of Engineers
Albuquerque District

More Space for Space Research at Kirtland

Public Affairs
Published Feb. 1, 2011
Congressman Martin Heinrich (middle), a representative from Senator Jeff Bingaman’s office, Deputy Space Development & Test Directorate Deputy Commander Colonel Carol Welsch, Deputy Corps Commander Major Richard Collins and Honorary Space Development and Test Directorate Commander Mr. Dave Seely (President, Kirtland Federal Credit Union) participate in the ground-breaking ceremony at Kirtland AFB.

Congressman Martin Heinrich (middle), a representative from Senator Jeff Bingaman’s office, Deputy Space Development & Test Directorate Deputy Commander Colonel Carol Welsch, Deputy Corps Commander Major Richard Collins and Honorary Space Development and Test Directorate Commander Mr. Dave Seely (President, Kirtland Federal Credit Union) participate in the ground-breaking ceremony at Kirtland AFB.

A celebration commemorating the start of construction for an addition to a building used by nearly 200 employees of the Space Development and Test Directorate on Kirtland Air Force Base took place Feb. 3.

The two-story addition to the facility will contain offices and support areas to perform the mission of development, test and evaluation of Air Force space systems.

The contract was awarded in September 2010, and construction is expected to be completed in May 2011. The construction contractor is Creative Times, Inc., and their design lead is Architectural Nexus.

Overseeing the construction for the Corps is Kirtland Resident Engineer Carlos Salazar, Quality Assurance Manager Robert Begaye and Project Manager Connie Runyan. The contact was awarded by Contracting Officer Leslie Molina. The Corps will continue to work closely with Nathan Cost, the Directorate’s facility manager, and Christy Smith, Kirtland’s military construction project manager, to ensure the addition will be built to meet the customer’s requirements.