The U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) has awarded a $143.9 million contract to replace the runway at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
The runway replacement project is a collaborative effort between AFCEC, Offutt Air Force Base and the Air Force Installation Contracting Center (AFICC). The project will reconstruct the original runway infrastructure, built in 1941, to include full-depth concrete end sections, an asphalt center section, and asphalt shoulders as well as installation of new lighting systems.
AFCEC and the 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron will oversee the project and Gilbane Federal of Concord, California, will complete the construction of the new runway. As AFCEC’s Facility Engineering directorate oversees the execution of the project, they also provide design and planning, and ensures the project stays on time, within budget, delivering timely and resilient infrastructure solutions.
“The Air Force depends on the technical expertise of the professionals from AFCEC and 772nd ESS to deliver quality runway and infrastructure solutions for mission commanders” said Col. David Norton, director of AFCEC Facility Engineering Directorate. “The runway is more than 70 years old and has fallen into disrepair. We have incorporated modern design and construction techniques to rebuild the runway and to ensure the longest lifespan at the overall lowest lifecycle cost.”
Offutt AFB, home of the USAF’s 55th Wing, provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and electronic attack missions that serve all Department of Defense branches. According to the Air Force, the base needs a reliable, safe runway that meets the dimensions and weight-bearing capacity for their aircraft “in order to provide rapid global mobility”.
The 55th Wing is the largest wing in USAF Air Combat Command (ACC) and flies the most diverse number of aircraft. One of the wing’s units, the 55th Operations Group, operates 46 aircraft, including 13 models of seven different types.
During the two-year project, the 55th Wing’s fleet will conduct flight operations out of Lincoln Airport, roughly 50 miles away. Funded by AFCEC, preparations are underway by Lincoln Airport Authority to provide an alternate location for the aircraft at Offutt while the runway is replaced. The LAA is making the necessary adjustment to their airfield and facilities to accommodate Offutt’s operations, and is scheduled for completion by Aug. 1.
“The 55th Wing’s mission is to provide, dominant intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and nuclear command, control and communications, any time, any place, and by replacing Offutt’s runway, we are ensuring that we will continue to answer our nation’s call as we have done for decades” said Col. Gavin Marks, 55th Wing commander.