Columbus AFB's 2030 plan moves forward
By 2nd Lt. Justin Jarrell, 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 10, 2007
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --
Construction is underway for a new Consolidated Mission Support Group complex located on Harpe Boulevard. This project will put many of the 14th Mission Support Group functions in a common building as a part of the CAFB 2030 Plan.
The CAFB 2030 Plan articulates the long-term vision for capital improvement efforts at Columbus AFB.
Although CAFB 2030 applies to all facilities on base, the new 14th MSG complex is considered a lynchpin in making CAFB 2030 executable. Establishing this building as a focal point through consolidation of 14th MSG is allowing other areas to be vacated for development or reassignment.
This new complex will have two phases of construction.
The first phase is currently underway and is on the north side of Harpe Boulevard, one block east of the 14th Flying Training Wing Headquarters. This first phase will provide office spaces for 14th MSG Command, Services Division and certain functions of the Logistics Readiness Division.
The second phase will provide a new workplace for the 14th Mission Support Squadron, 14th Contracting Squadron and 14th Comptroller Squadron. This has not yet been approved for funding but project leaders are hopeful it will be awarded in fiscal year 2008.
Once completed, the facility will consolidate many of the customer service functions into a "one-stop shop" for personnel, said Mr. Jonathan Linquist, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron. Mr. Linquist is the Base Development Chief and works in base planning, determining architectural compatibility.
With over 50,000 square feet, the finished facility will provide the 14th MSG with better command and control of their organization by eliminating geographic separation between functions.
Mr. Linquist oversees the layout of this space and resulting accommodation of the different organizations. One of the biggest challenges faced by these planners is accounting for organizational change. He said they plan for organizational structure changes in order to provide something that will be "usable in the end state."
The plan is for each phase to take a year and a half with some parts of the phases overlapping. "We're hoping for end of calendar year 2009 to have a finished facility phase one and two," said Mr. Linquist.
This project also qualifies for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED-certified facilities utilize energy saving features, recycled materials and extended life cycle materials where possible.
"I think it's going to be a big improvement in quality of life by making the base a visually appealing place to live and work," said Mr. Linquist. Project leaders consider this to be the future town hall of Columbus AFB and another step in the CAFB 2030.