Soaring Ahead Maxwell Air Force Base, partners prepare for the future by David Zaslawsky photography by Robert Fouts
Col. Trent Edwards
If Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex receive the makeover that installation officials envision over 15 years, it will not resemble the current facility. That 15-year plan will undergo countless revisions; priorities will change; new missions or expanded missions will require adjustments; and all the proposals must go up the chain for approval while competing with all the other installations in the Air Force and all the bases in the military. Maxwell along with Jacobs Engineering Group and the Montgomery architectural firm of Seay, Seay, Litchfield are finalizing that 15year installation development plan. “You can’t get money for a project until you have a plan for it,” said Greg Luebbers, senior site planner and landscape architect for St. Louis-based Jacobs Engineering Group. “It’s a first step in identifying requirements for facilities; planning for them so they can raise those to the Pentagon to get funded.”
When the process is finalized, which is expected in the summer, the result will be a capital improvements list. That working list includes the following: > $9.5 million for a new air traffic control tower. > $16 million for a new fitness center at Gunter Annex. > $3.9 million for a new commercial vehicle inspection gate. > $19 million for a new Officer Training School dorm. > $16 million for an addition to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) building. > $19.5 million for a new enterprise operations facility. > $3.3 million for an aerial port training facility. > $13.2 million for an aircraft parking apron. > $5.4 million for a squadron operations facility. > $4.7 million for a logistics group complex. > $12 million for a new assault strip. > $68 million for a new Air Force historical research agency facility.
Montgomery Business Journal March 2014