Fairchild unveils new Wing Headquarters building
Fairchild Air Force Base held a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 20 to commemorate the opening of the new Wing Headquarters Building.
The new building will hold the offices of the 92nd and 141st refueling wings and replace the previous headquarters - affectionately referred to as "The White House,"
The old headquarters was constructed in 1943 and has hosted several commanders over the years. Over time, the building had several renovations and Col. Brian Newberry, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander said it was "outdated." It is scheduled for demolition in June and will be turned into a parade ground.
The new structure was approved for construction by Congress in 2011. It broke ground in 2012 and was designed by Tetra Tech, of Seattle and constructed by Jackson Contractor Group, of Montana. The Wing Headquarters Building is also one of the first completed Building Information Modeling prototypes for the Air Force.
Contractors designed and tested each aspect of the building's structure for functionality and safety. The new headquarters is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building.
Several local and state officials attended the ceremony in support of Fairchild Air Force Base including Sen. Patty Murray and 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
"I'm confident that this (new building) is one of many successes for Fairchild in the years ahead," McMorris Rodgers said.
Both commanding officers of the 92nd and 141st wings said the new building signifies a partnership between the two refueling wings.
Newberry said the building and ceremony signify a new generation of leaders to come.
The airmen will move into the new building in the next couple of weeks.
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