Wright-Patt has wishlist of up to $35M in construction projects

A wish list of up to $35 million or more in construction work could renovate old research labs and repair aging infrastructure if Wright-Patterson officials land the money for the projects.

The work would range from expanding and renovating Fire Station No. 2 to asbestos abatement and removal of old equipment from an Aerospace Directorate lab.

Wright-Patterson will advertise the work to contractors but funding hasn’t been settled yet, according to Mike Bauman, chief of the project management branch in the engineering division of the 88th Civil Engineer Group.

“I think we’re postured well for all of these to be ready if this funding becomes available,” he said.

“We’re always developing requirements to maintain the facilities on base and certainly as budgets ebb and flow and time goes on more requirements come on the books that need attention,” said base spokesman Daryl Mayer.

Among the projects ahead:

* Expand and renovate Fire Station No. 2 in Area B. The work will renovate fire station bedrooms, add two new restrooms, a training room and a mechanical room, among other plans. The project will expand the station by 1,530 square feet and renovate about 3,000 square feet. The Air Force did not provide exact estimates for any project, but estimated the work could cost between $1 million to $5 million.

* Renovation of a propulsion lab facility in Building 18 in Area B at a cost between $5 million to $10 million.

* Repairs to reinforce and add metal exterior panels Building 33, which once housed an old Air Force Research Lab centrifuge. The price tag could reach up to $5 million, according to the Air Force. Renovation will of the building constructed in Area B in 1946 requires coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office. The three-story building added a third floor in 1953, an addition in 1971, and a medical science lab in 1976, according to Wright-Patterson. Today, the building covers 51,000-square-feet.

* Renovate a 711th Human Performance Wing lab facility in Building 29 in Area B and adjacent to Building 33. The cost would range between $1 million to $5 million, Air Force figures show.

* Remove antiquated equipment and begin asbestos abatement at Building 65, an open bay, research facility in Area B under the Aerospace Directorate, Bauman said. The cost would range from $1 million to $5 million.

Other projects would:

* Replace the heating and cooling distribution system at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center main complex in Area A. The price tag could reach between $2 million to $5 million, based on Air Force estimates.

* Install replacement cooling equipment at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at a cost of $500,000 to $2 million. A cooling tower replacement project was also set for Air Force Material Command headquarters.

* Repair the roof of a data center in Building 271 in Area A at a price tag of $500,000 to $2 million.

* Repair underground support structures for steam lines in tunnels at a cost of $880,000 to $3 million and sanitary sewer lines in Area B at a cost of $500,000 to $1.5 million.

Congress has earmarked $6.6 million in the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act to build a new Kitty Hawk satellite pharmacy. The House and the Senate are working to reach a final version of the defense bill. Budget documents said the current pharmacy was too small and robotics equipment outdated. The administration has said without the new pharmacy there could be an increase in the potential for errors in filling prescriptions, according to this newspaper’s archives.

In May 2014, the pharmacy reported it found eight instances of Tylenol mixed with the muscle relaxant Robaxin in filled prescriptions, but no instances of patients taking the wrong medication, archives show.

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