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NEWS | Nov. 20, 2009

Construction of BX, AFPC building running on schedule

By Robert Goetz 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

Randolph's biggest construction projects, the new base exchange and the Air Force Personnel Center Civilian Personnel Office, are on course for their projected completion dates.

The base exchange, a 159,000-square-foot facility that will feature eight other stores and six eateries, should be finished in time for a grand opening in July, according to project manager Juan Novan, 12th Civil Engineer Division mechanical engineer.

The 35,000-square-foot AFPC building, which will be Randolph's first fully "green" structure, should be completed by May, said Nick Alino, construction branch project manager at the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment at Brooks-City Base.

Mr. Novan estimates the BX is about 65 percent complete.

"The major structural and utility components to the building are complete," he said, referring to the foundation, exterior walls, interior walls, air-conditioning equipment, plumbing, electrical wiring and other details. "Items that remain are architectural finishes such as paint, fixtures like toilets and water fountains and internal and external trim."

The BX alone will double in size, from 39,500 to 79,000 square feet, and the facility will also feature amenities such as an optical shop, a United Parcel Service store, a military clothing sales store, a day spa, a beauty shop and a barber shop in addition to food and drink establishments ranging from Starbucks to Charley's Steakery.

The BX is being built north of the current facility, which will be demolished to make way for additional parking and will be accessible from Harmon Drive and Third Street West.

The AFPC building is about 50 percent complete, Mr. Alino said.

"The roof is being installed now; framing, duct work and mechanical and electrical installation rough-ins are nearly complete on the fourth floor," he said. "The exterior walls, windows and doors should be on by the end of December, and interior work will continue."

Mr. Alino said rainfall has slowed the project, but the contractor has been able to make up the delays.

The structure is being built adjacent to 5th Street West on the former site of Building 662, which housed Family Care Services and the Randolph Thrift Shop, south of Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service and west of Headquarters 19th Air Force.

Both facilities are designed to meet criteria for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certificate set by the U.S. Green Building Council, meaning they will provide an environmentally friendly interior.