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The sun shines over a construction site for a 6-MW solar array at the Air Force Academy Jan. 11, 2011. The $18.3-million project is funded by the American Recovery and Restoration Act of 2009 and is projected to save the Academy $1 million per year over the array's 25-year lifespan. It is scheduled to be complete in July. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)
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Posted 1/14/2011   Updated 1/14/2011 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Don Branum
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

1/14/2011 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The 10th Air Base Wing continues to improve the Academy's image -- and its infrastructure -- through $143.3 million of construction projects on base.

Among the ongoing projects are:

VANDENBERG HALL: Two phases of renovation are currently underway, with estimated completion dates of June and December. The total cost for both phases of renovation is $35.1 million.

HOLADAY ATHLETIC CENTER: The USAFA Endowment raised $15.4 million in donations, including a $5-million donation from 1965 graduate Bart Holaday and his late wife, Lynn, to build a new indoor training facility for the Academy's cadet athletes. Construction is scheduled to finish in June.

GUARD BOOTHS: New booths for sentries at the Academy's north and south gates will offer 10th Security Forces Squadron and Chenega Security personnel some shelter from Colorado's sometimes-brutal elements. Construction is projected to finish in January for the North Gate and in February for the South Gate, at a total cost of $2.2 million.

FAIRCHILD HALL: Repairs to the roof of Fairchild Hall, including the McDermott Library, will cost $4.3 million and should be complete in October.

SOLAR ARRAY: The 6-MW solar array, under construction along Interstate 25 between the Academy Boulevard and Interquest Parkway exits, will save the Academy $1 million per year in electricity costs once construction is finished in July. The $18.3 million required to build the array came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The array is designed with a 25-year lifetime.

To see some of the ongoing construction projects, view the slideshow link under "Related Links."

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