SIOUX CITY | The Iowa Air National Guard will break ground Wednesday on a $12.4 million building that will consolidate several of the 185th Air Refueling Wing's departments under one roof.
Construction of the 37,000-square-foot, one-story building at the air base next to Sioux Gateway Airport is scheduled to begin this fall and be finished by the end of 2018.
When completed, the composite support facility will house the 185th's clinic, food services and communications functions, accommodating nearly 500 people. The building will be more energy efficient and is designed specifically for the military functions using it. It will replace two existing buildings, which will be demolished, Lt. Col. Kris Aldrich, 185th civil engineer, said in a news release.
"The building that houses our communications or IT function was originally constructed as a jet engine repair shop. Our base clinic and dining facility was originally the base supply building. These buildings are 44 and 60 years old and are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain," Aldrich said.
The building also was designed to meet the latest anti-terrorism and force protection standards. It will include modern, high-efficiency mechanical systems and LED lighting.