By Halle Thornton | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 21st Medical Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, broke ground to expand the medical facility Sept. 5.
Col. James Smith, 50th Space Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.
“This is an exciting day for Schriever as we continue to build services for our team,” he said. “This building was originally built in 2004, so before 2004 our folks didn’t even have health care available on base. We’ve come a long way since then and we have a long way to go to build the support we need for what Team Schriever has become today.”
Smith said although the clinic has been working in less than optimal conditions, they continue to execute their mission every day.
“They continue to provide outstanding support,” he said.
Smith explained phase one began when leadership broke ground, and will continue until September of 2020.
“The building represents the Air Force’s commitment to improve the health and well-being of our Airmen and their families on this fast growing base,” he said. “I’m excited for what the future holds and anxious to get this project started.”
Phase two will consist of renovating the old building and consolidating the physical therapy clinic and health and wellness center into one building.
Capt. Megan Maxwell, 21st MDS representative for the project, said the project planning began in 2010, and the building was designed in 2018.
“We’ve [medical group] doubled in size over the past 15 years, and we’re really busting at the seams,” she said. “We’re growing, and this will give us the space we need.”
The current medical facility is 15 years old and currently has 11,000 square feet. The building was built for 26 manpower authorizations but currently houses 55 staff members and 2,592 patients. The addition will provide more than 14,100 gross square feet, doubling the size of the current building.
Construction will not impact appointments, however parking may change.
“It’s just going to be better for the patients,” she said. “If the staff can be more efficient, it’s going to improve the overall patient experience. That’s the end goal.”