TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida – Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska took another step in its flood recovery operations with a design kick-off meeting for its sixth military construction award (MILCON).
The US Army Corps of Engineers awarded nearly $75.9 million to MA Mortenson Company for the new Offutt Security Campus earlier this summer. The recovery effort, led by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Natural Disaster Recovery Division, will see a total of 13 MILCON project awards to rebuild more than a third of the facility that was severely damaged. damaged or destroyed in 2019 by major flooding.
“The reconstruction plan reorganizes Offutt into eight campuses,” said Offutt program manager Don Fucik. “This project supports the mission of the 55th Security Forces Squadron, the Air Force’s largest SFS, and will consolidate their facilities, increasing efficiency and sustainability.”
The security campus project will construct four main facilities: a security operations center, a Combined Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM) center and indoor firing range, a military working dog kennel and a mobility storage warehouse with an adjoining covered canine training area.
Following the flood, the 55th SFS was dispersed to seven different locations. As of late 2019, the squadron has been operating out of several renovated dormitories, temporary facilities and hangars in Offutt.
Lt. Col. Cameron Maher, commander of the 55th SFS, emphasized the importance of having a campus dedicated to security.
“Cohesion is extremely important in our mission,” Maher said. “Our Defenders have been incredibly resilient during the rebuilding efforts. The new campus will provide us with the facilities and training space needed to maximize our effectiveness.”
The 45,400 square foot Security Operations Center will house all administrative functions, investigative rooms, a fitting/assembly room, a locker room and an armory.
The 40,500 square foot combined CATM and indoor range facility is designed with a 50-meter small arms range with 28 lanes, two classrooms and a simulation room that includes baffles, bullet traps , ventilation and filters. Both facilities will be constructed with a steel frame, insulated concrete and metal exterior walls and flat roofs.
The 14,500 square foot military working dog kennel will house eight military working dogs and will include offices for staff, veterinary services, examination and isolation rooms, as well as equipment and storage. The facility will be constructed with steel framing, concrete masonry walls and a pitched standing seam roof.
Another facility will provide 5,000 square feet for the mobility storage warehouse and 9,500 square feet for an indoor dog training area. The training area will include an artificial turf pitch and will allow training all year round in bad weather.
A design kick-off meeting was held in August and construction completion is scheduled for November 2024.