The Air Force last month established a program management office to lead both the near-term effort to resume operations at Tyndall AFB and the long-term redevelopment of the installation devastated by Hurricane Michael in October. Reconstruction of Tyndall, located on the Florida Panhandle, is expected to take upwards of five years and cost an estimated $3 billion, according to an Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center news release.
Short-term objectives of the new office include completing detailed assessments of damaged facilities, quickly repairing facilities and constructing temporary facilities needed to meet near-term mission requirements. The office intends to rely on cutting-edge construction standards and incorporate “smart city” functionality connecting base facilities with utility infrastructure as a way to enhance installation resiliency.
“We are really excited about being able to implement a 21st century installation,” said Amy Vandeveer, an installation planner for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. “We have multiple opportunities that will make this installation good for the next 70 to 80 years. Tyndall will be leading the way,” she said.
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