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Iowa Air Guard announces ground breaking for new composite support facility

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  • By Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
  • 185th ARW PA

The Iowa Air National Guard will have a ground breaking in Sioux City on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 1:00PM for a new 37,000-square-foot facility at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa.

The new facility will be a one-story building constructed at the 185th Air Refueling Wing, located at the Sioux City Airport. When complete the building will house the unit’s clinic, food services and communications function, accommodating nearly 500 people.

The $12.4 million building project will replace aging facilities while consolidating several areas under one roof. When the construction is complete it will be a more modern and energy efficient space that has been designed specifically for the military functions who will use the building.

According to Lt. Colonel Kris Aldrich, 185th Civil Engineer, the new facility will replace two existing buildings which are scheduled for demolition.

“The building that houses our communications or IT function was originally constructed as a jet engine repair shop. Our base clinic and dining facility building was originally the base supply building. These buildings are 44 and 60 years old, and are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain,” said Aldrich.

The new building was also designed to meet the latest anti-terrorism and force protection standards while offering improved work space. The facility will also include modern, high efficiency mechanical systems and LED lighting throughout the entire building.

The contract for the facility was awarded to Minneapolis, MN based Opus Design Build, L.L.C. who is the designer and builder.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin this fall with project completion planned by the end of 2018.

Media are invited and encouraged to attend the ground breaking on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1:00pm on the Air Base.