Maxwell Air Force Base Demolishing Buildings


By Josh Ninke

The Air Force is looking to reduce about 20% of their all their buildings across the country, and that includes here at Maxwell Air Force Base. 

The Multimedia Center has seen better days, and the military has decided that it has to go. And one employee is looking forward to relocating from the 80 year old building.. 
"Space and actually the operation of the facility would be better. We'd have working A/C, currently our A/C has to be maintained frequently," said Lisa Warr, multimedia manager.
It's part of a bigger plan that's already underway. The military has already demolished seven buildings this year, turning useless structures into green spaces and parking lots. 
"It allows us to take a long term look at those underutilized facilities and how we might right-size that facility so we can do two things. One, become more energy efficient. Reduce our utility consumption and our maintenance costs," said Col. Trent Edwards, 42nd Air Base Wing Commander.
The Air Force doesn't just tear down these buildings over night though. A lot of work goes into deciding to demolish them. 
"The process is timely. We have to meet all this criteria. Do economic analasys, make sure it's beneficial to the government. We advocate for funding, quite a long process. But once get to the point of awarding a contract often they tear it down in a couple days time and get it out of here. So that part goes very quickly," said Mickey Allen, director of the civil engineer squad. 
And Warr can't wait to say goodbye to the old multimedia center.
"Oh yes, hopefully we'll be here helping swing the first hammer at it."
This is a long term project, but the base estimates they'll have most of the work done by 2020.

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