by Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson
92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
9/2/2015 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Members
of the 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron and the 92nd Contracting Squadron
are working toward an Air Force goal of reducing our building footprint
by demolishing 1950s-era munitions bunkers here and saving the Air Force
approximately $3.5 million in the process.
The project, originally a group of five separate projects estimated at a
cost of $6.5 million, was consolidated into one demolition project
saving the United States government approximately $3.5 million, also
supporting the Air Force's "Make Every Dollar Count" campaign.
"One of the reasons for this project is to help meet the Air Force's
goal of removing 20 percent of our building footprint by the year 2020,"
said Jay Logan, 92nd CES project manager.
The project is scheduled to take a year to complete, and is currently in
phase two, or the physical demolition. Phase three, which includes
closing out the contract and final submittals, is scheduled to begin in
December and be completed in April 2016. Phase one began in the summer
"At first we thought it would be quite expensive on a square-foot basis
to remove these reinforced concrete structures," Logan said.
"Fortunately with some help from the contracting office packaging this
project, we were able to get a great bid from a contractor well
experienced in this type of demolition."
Fairchild Air Force Base was previously part of Strategic Air Command
and utilized these bunkers in storing munitions as part of the mission.
More than 60 years later, the majority of the original buildings are
being demolished, recycled or reused. The project will demolish 33
munitions storage bunkers and portions of four different roads
throughout the grounds.
The 92nd CES and CONS are working closely with the contractor to remove
these 1950s munitions bunkers that are no longer needed. Approximately
15 to 20 people are working on the site daily, moving soil, recycling
rebar and removing potentially dangerous materials.
"Contractors are an extremely important asset to Fairchild," said Staff
Sgt. Justin Hayes, 92nd CONS contracting officer. "Not only does
contracting for these efforts allow us to seek this outside expertise
and free up man-hours, but it also allows us the opportunity to support
small businesses with these contracts. Ultimately this helps to improve
the local economy and creates strong relationships between the Air
Force and our community."
Once the land has been cleared and the extra soil removed, the area will
be shrunken down. Discussion on the use of the land after the project
is complete is still in the beginning stages.