Fixing the Academy
By Staff Sgt. Don Branum, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
/ Published January 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."