US Army Corps of Engineers
Albuquerque District

District, Kirtland Cut Ribbon on New Research Lab Space

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Published Oct. 2, 2015
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Deputy District Commander Maj. Jason Melchior (far right) and District Project Manager Filemon Gallegos (far left) help cut the ribbon officially opening the Building 903 Lab Space, Sept. 23, 2015.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Deputy District Commander Maj. Jason Melchior (far right) and District Project Manager Filemon Gallegos (far left) help cut the ribbon officially opening the Building 903 Lab Space, Sept. 23, 2015.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., -- The District participated in breaking ground on the FY13 Building 909 Lab Space at the base May 28, 2014. Among the AFRL, KAFB, and contractor representatives Deputy District Commander Maj. Gary Bonham, second from left; Kirtland Resident Office Project Officer Capt. John Deal, third from left; and project manager Filemon Gallegos, second from right.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., -- The District participated in breaking ground on the FY13 Building 909 Lab Space at the base May 28, 2014. Among the AFRL, KAFB, and contractor representatives Deputy District Commander Maj. Gary Bonham, second from left; Kirtland Resident Office Project Officer Capt. John Deal, third from left; and project manager Filemon Gallegos, second from right.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Deputy District Commander Maj. Jason Melchior and District Project Manager Filemon Gallegos helped cut the ribbon and officially open the Building 903 Lab Space, Sept. 23, 2015.

The $1.8 million building addition provides the Air force Research Laboratory Directed Energy on Kirtland with more than 6,000 square feet of additional space needed to maintain vibrant in-house research capabilities and enable the research required for a changing Air Force.

The District started developing the Design Build Request for Proposal package at the beginning of fiscal year 2013 and awarded the project on Sept. 30, 2013. The contract not only included the construction of the Building 903 Lab Space but also Building 595 HVAC Replacement and Building 20602 Lobby Remodel.

The District participated in breaking ground on the project at the base May 28, 2014. The building was completed in September of 2015 due to construction modifications to the contract which pushed back the original completion date.

Throughout the project and during award it was named “Building 909 Lab Space” and called Building 909A. However, according to KAFB Real Property, even though it is an addition to an existing building due to accounting purposes it needed its own building number. Thus the name changed to Building 903.