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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida. – Tyndall’s rebuilding effort gains momentum with a series of military new construction awards (MILCON).

Since April, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded seven new contracts, bringing the Natural Disaster Recovery Division closer to the Air Force Civil Engineering Center midway through the rebuilding process of five at seven years old.

April to May 2022 Tyndall Rebuild MILCON Prize:

• April 13 – Small Arms Firing Range Facility
• April 29 – Site development, utilities and demolition phases 1 and 2
• May 6 — Tyndall and Airey Gate Complexes
• May 10 – F-35 Installations
• May 11: Marina and Outdoor Recreation for Morale, Wellness and Recreation (MWR)
• May 25 — Operations Support Squadron/Radar Approach Control Center (OSS/RAPCON) and Special Purpose Vehicle Maintenance Facility
• May 26 — MWR Sports Complex and Pool

“By the end of July, we should see refueling vehicle maintenance and Area 1 F-35 flight line facilities kick off.” said Col. Travis Leighton, NDR Division Chief. “We expect to award at least nine more projects this summer and launch several previously awarded projects before the end of the year.”

The recently awarded Utilities Infrastructure Site Development Project is the second largest MILCON award for Tyndall’s reconstruction to date. This $567 million effort includes a $357.9 million project awarded to The Lane Construction Corporation. Lane will be directly supported by current privatized utility providers at Tyndall to provide a network of roads and utility systems to connect approximately 120 new and 260 refurbished facilities at Tyndall, said division project manager Ken Webb. AFCEC NDR.

“They will design and build new utilities and infrastructure for all current and future core facilities,” Webb said. “This is a complex project that requires effective planning and coordination between the Air Force, the general contractor and the owners of the utility privatization system.”

The NDR Division’s Tyndall Program Management Office oversees over 40 new MILCON projects spanning 12 areas. The utilities infrastructure is part of Zone 4, which also includes three entry control facilities: the Commercial Gate Complex, which was awarded on September 8, 2021 to EMR, Inc., and the Tyndall and Airey Gates on May 6, 2022, to BL Harbert International, LLC.

Utilities infrastructure includes over 24 miles of electrical, nine miles of communications systems, seven miles of potable water, six miles of stormwater, four miles of natural gas and two miles of waste treatment infrastructure. waste. Real estate experts from AFCEC, USACE and the Defense Logistics Agency coordinated with utility system owners to make additional improvements to ensure reliable utility services through existing service contracts. System owners will construct new primary power, potable water and natural gas lines, while MILCON contractors will coordinate the connection.

The Zone 4 infrastructure will also provide more than 31 acres of road networks designed with Airmen and families in mind, Leighton said.

“We provide infrastructure that supports a more pedestrian-friendly facility, better circulation, and a corridor connecting the support side to the airside of the facility,” Leighton said.

Other upgrades include roundabouts to improve traffic flow and reduce emissions, a more flexible and resilient communications system, and a consolidated pumphouse with a million-gallon water storage tank for the F- 35 and flight line fire and emergency services.

“Since it’s all happening at once, we have the option of building a fire suppression pump station with a tank large enough to support all the hangars in the flight line,” Webb said. “It’s more economical and efficient for critical installations.”

On May 6, the USACE awarded the final Area 4 contract to BL Harbert International, LLC to construct the Tyndall and Airey Entry Control Facilities. The $42.8 million project includes gates and lanes, canopies, watch posts, barrier systems and roadway serpentines.

The Tyndall PMO is working with the City of Panama City and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on separate improvement projects that support Tyndall’s infrastructure, Webb said.

For example, FDOT is managing two road improvements that will separate core traffic from through traffic. An overpass will elevate traffic lanes above base entry control facilities and an underpass will allow base travelers to travel from the support side of the base to the flight line side without exiting the base. facility.

Both FDOT projects will increase base security and efficiency, said Major Jordan Criss, commander of the 325th Security Forces Squadron.

“The Highway 98 overpass will properly redirect traffic and reduce heavier traffic flows to get to the facility,” Criss said. “The Louisiana Underpass will provide a direct connection to personnel traveling through the base and, if necessary, allow us to close flight line doors and maintain secure access.”

Equally important to the utility and flight line facilities of the facility of the future are morale, wellness and recreation projects that will directly affect the quality of life of Airmen and families, said Peter. Sartori, project manager of the AFCEC NDR division.

The first MWR project will revitalize the 325th Force Support Squadron’s outdoor recreation offerings with a new MWR Marina and Outdoor Recreation Center. Costing a total of $53 million, the two-story facility includes a ground-level warehouse and restaurant, a multi-purpose recreation room, outdoor seating and a second-level observation deck.

The second project awarded for MWR will provide a new sports complex with three softball fields, a baseball field and a recreation building as well as a new outdoor swimming pool with a water park, playground and bathhouse.

“These facilities will enhance the lives of Tyndall Airmen and families while increasing their fitness, resilience and readiness by providing physically active and relaxing recreational activities,” Sartori said.

Despite upcoming construction activity, Tyndall planners said they were working on solutions to keep traffic delays at the gates to a minimum. Criss said both gates will remain fully operational.

To learn more about Tyndall’s rebuilding effort, visit the Tyndall Program Management Office website.

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