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Westover Construction Projects Pump $25 million into base upgrades

Posted 12/14/2012   Updated 12/14/2012 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. George Cloutier
439th Airlift Wing

12/14/2012 - WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. -- In 2012, Westover received $24.6 million for projects around base, with more than 20 projects in various stages of completion. Here's a snapshot of several high-visibility base projects. The information comes from Mr. Brett Bailey, Base Civil Engineering.
Mobile Tail Enclosure
The MTE is a moveable structure on rails that will protect maintenance workers from harsh weather conditions during the winter months. Once completed, it will be the largest structure of its kind in the Air Force. The cost will be approximately $5 million. Construction will conclude in late January.
Base Consolidated Club
The interior and exterior of the Club is currently being renovated to improve the appearance of the facility, upgrade mechanical systems and address force-protection measures. The cost will be approximately $5.2 million and will conclude in autumn 2013. Club operations have been relocated to Building 5550 for the duration of this project.
Running Track
Though some work on the ellipse road has already begun, further funding has been awarded to resurface the track and repave the road. The project will cost approximately $680,000. Construction will begin in the spring and will be finished by spring 2013.
Bowling Alley
The interior and exterior of the bowling alley is currently being renovated. Renovations will include installation of fire sprinklers, improvements to the bathrooms and entryways, and upgrades to the kitchen and customer service areas. The project will cost approximately $2 million with completion in February 2013.
Visiting Officers Quarters/Visiting Airmen Quarters
The VOQs are undergoing force-protection upgrades, which include upgrades to the parking lots and windows. Work is also being done to upgrade the heating and air conditioning in both facilities. Renovations will cost approximately $4.8 million with completion scheduled for late winter. In addition, design work has been funded for future remodeling of the VAQs, which will replace the remaining gang latrines and bring all of our lodging rooms up to current standards.
Runway Repair
A $7.6 million repair of the 7,000-foot crosswind runway (runway 15-33) was completed in November.

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