On-going construction at Minot AFB totals $94 million
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Minot Air Force Base has $94 million in on-going construction projects, according to Lt. Col. Matthew Altman, commander of the base’s 5th Civil Engineer Squadron.
Altman gave the 2019 construction presentation at a recent Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee meeting.
Current projects include:
– Mass Parking Apron. At a cost of $100 million, this project is being done to replace 60-year-old original concrete ramp. Currently in the second phase of the project, it has an estimated completion date for this construction season. The third phase of the project will be awarded next year.
– Bomber Boulevard. At a cost of $6.9 million, the project involves a full depth repair of the primary industrial thoroughfare. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of this construction season.
– Medical Clinic Renovation. A $40 million project, it will be a complete renovation of the clinic facility. Estimated completion date is the end of this year.
– Repair B-52 Maintenance Dock 6. A $6.5 million project, the work involves replacing infrastructure systems, building insulation and roof replacement. Estimated completion date is April 2020.
Missile Alert Facility upgrade, A $1.2 million phase 1 project, is under way in the Minot missile field with July as the estimated completion date for this phase.
Projects recently completed include:
– Renovate Indoor Park. A $284,000 project, a 13,000-square-foot warehouse was converted into a family activity/play area.The indoor park opened in February. “It truly has been wildly successful. Families are there all the time, child-care providers use it during the day, units use it for some of their activities,” Altman said. He said there’s no equipment there but it’s an open play area. “And the kids absolutely love it,” he said. He said some upgrades that people have suggested will be made. “But people are really enjoying this facility,” he said.
– ALCM (Air-Launched Cruise Missile) Missile Maintenance Building. A $2.7 million project, the work included additional office space, high bay area, improving utilities and updating heating system.
– WSA Alert Fire Team Facility. A $3 million project, the facility was renovated and a vehicle bay addition. Altman said the project wrapped up a few months ago.
Missile Wing completed projects included more than $2.4 million to improve security at Missile Alert Facilities and renovate office space and control centers.
Future construction projects include:
– Indoor Firing Range. A $20-25 million project, a 36-lane indoor firing range would be constructed to support small and heavy arms training. A fiscal year 2019 project, it is expected to be awarded shortly. Altman said the base has more than 1,600 security forces members across both wings – the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing. He said not only will the new facility provide training for the base’s security forces but when others are deployed and need to be current on their weapons. “This will be a huge improvement for Minot,” he said. It is anticipated ground will be broken for the facility this year.
– Helicopter Operations and Tactical Response Force Facility. As the base gets new helicopters to replace the UH-1N “Huey” helicopters, Altman said this project will house all the operations and maintenance for the helicopters and the tactical response force that responds to the missile field. A $60-70 million project, it is also a fiscal year 2019 project and as of early April, 95 percent of the project was designed. It is expected to be awarded this calendar year and break ground in 2020, Altman said.
– Main Gate. This $20-25 million project would expand traffic lanes and parking, and increase protection at the main gate. The project is awaiting funding approval.
– Special Vehicle Maintenance Facility. At a cost of $1-5 million, this project would construct a pull-through vehicle maintenance facility to service mission essential vehicles. As of early April, the project was awaiting funding approval.
– HAZMART Replacement. A $5-10 million project, it involves partial replacement of foundation and complete reconstruction of the facility. The building was storm damaged during the winter of 2016. Funding assurance has been received.
– Fitness Center Upgrade. A $1-5 million project, to upgrade various aspects of the Fitness Center will include installing air conditioning in the gym. The project is funded and in design.
– Renovate 91st Missile Wing Headquarters Industrial Shops. A $20-25 million project, it involves a complete refiguration of the maintenance side of the 91st Missile Wing headquarters building. The project is in design and expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2019.
– Repair B-52 Maintenance Dock 5. A $5-10 million project, it would replace flooring, electrical, radiant heaters and upgrade/replace underground utilities. The project is designed and expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2019.
Minot AFB Construction Snapshot
– In-Design: 2 projects – $109M.
– In-Construction: 7 projects – $3.1M
– In-Construction: 33 projects – $91M
– In-Design: 7 projects – $2.8M
– Awaiting Award: 15 projects – $54M
– Source: 5th Civil Engineer Squadron