Soux City Iowa --
Construction crews are making significant progress this spring, on the consolidated support building at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa.
Construction crews broke ground on the 37,000-square-foot building last November. The building will house the unit’s clinic, food services, communications and public affairs.
“Currently we’re looking at December or January for a move in date and the final project completion date would be spring 2019,” said Lt. Colonel Kris Aldrich, Base Civil Engineer with the 185th ARW.
According to Aldrich, the initial steps in construction of the building, such as digging the foundation and pouring footings, were more time consuming. He said now that initial steps are complete and the weather is more favorable, construction should move quickly.
Aldrich said that the type of construction the contractors are using for the building is based on a steel frame design that uses precast concrete walls panels, which are being made locally in Sioux Falls, SD.
“I’d say 90% of the steel is up and the concrete wall panels are 15% completed. They are also going to start putting the roof on next week,” said Aldrich.
Future tenants of the building, purchasing and contracting officials from the Iowa National Guard and Aldrich, have regular meetings to ensure that construction is progressing and to finalize any designs.
The new building will consolidate multiple 185th ARW organizations into one energy and cost efficient building according to Aldrich. Aldrich also commented it will be easier to maintain one large building and more cost efficient than maintaining several small older buildings.