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Posted 12/22/2015

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By Elizabeth Lockyear
Albuquerque District Public Affairs

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Representatives from the District, including District Commander Lt. Col. Patrick Dagon; project manager Filemon Gallegos; Kirtland Resident Engineer Joan Coffing; and project engineer Eric Procter, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the newly renovated Building 425 on base Dec. 16, 2015.

The $2.4 million renovation of Building 425 created a “properly configured facility to house the functions of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and to create a pleasant working environment,” said project manager Filemon R. Gallegos Jr. The AFMC and AFRL are tenants on the base.

“The project entailed wall, door and window removal along with the construction of new office spaces, collaboration areas, secure spaces, conference rooms, restrooms and accompanying electrical, plumbing and communication systems work,”  Gallegos said. The project also included an elevator and a fire sprinkler system.

The design/build project was awarded Sept. 30, 2013 and the contractor was RORE Innovative Solutions JV LLC.

“I would especially like to thank our user AFRL and their outstanding staff -- Maria Mendoza and Bradley Rieck -- for their continuous support and understanding during the design and construction phases of this facility. This team’s dedication and support has been the driving aspect of this project. I look forward to future projects with AFRL in helping them support their mission,” said Gallegos.

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