By Jennifer Thibault
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The base has seen many changes this year but Team Schriever should expect more as the wing sets out to improve base infrastructure for the growing installation.
The initiative is part of the wing commander’s goal to improve safety, quality of life, installation excellence and transition the base into a community.
“For a long time, Schriever has been purely a commuter base, but we’re growing and our base needs to be ready to grow with us. These projects will not only help us meet the needs of the installation now but, into the future as well,” said Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander.
There are nearly 100 new projects on the base to-do-list including safety and force protection projects, road expansion and building construction. The 50th Civil Engineer Squadron is working with both the 50th Contracting Squadron and the Corps of Engineers to develop a schedule/phasing plan for these projects to minimize impacts to traffic flow and inconveniences to the Schriever commuter. Many of these projects have recently been awarded and the contractors have been given the green light to begin work.
“We’re going to be very busy, but it’s a good busy” said Lt. Col. Kevin Williams, 50th CES commander. “A lot of the projects we’re working on will not only help provide improved physical security for the base but will also help provide new facilities for functions that currently don’t have a home.”
The projects planned for this year is three times the construction program of last year and will total more than $25 million once completed, some of which have already broke ground.
“People have probably already noticed the work we’re doing outside the base visitor’s center,” Colonel Williams said. “We’re working to provide increased force protection of that building as well as install more xeriscaping material which is more sustainable in the Colorado climate.”
Another project already underway involves the restriping, and in some cases repaving, of many of the base parking lots. This initiative will increase the number of available handicap and customer parking spaces, while reducing the number of reserved parking spaces.
“As we progress with construction, we will continue to communicate impacts to base personnel as appropriate. We thank you in advance for your patience as we improve the living and working environment,” said Colonel Williams.
For more information on the pending construction projects, contact Maj. Byron Love, 50th CES Chief of Design — 567-5073.