Aviano readies for next round of construction
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — A slew of new construction initiatives are planned for this year at Aviano Air Base, continuing a steady building stream throughout the installation.
About $22 million in construction funds was approved by Congress late last year and will go toward three new projects to keep Aviano growing, base officials said. Numerous other building projects have taken place as part of Aviano 2000, a NATO-led construction effort.
The congressionally approved projects for this year include a permanent warehouse for equipment used by the 603rd Air Traffic Control Squadron, a new family support center and office facilities, said Jason Johnson, engineering flight chief for the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron.
Officials are currently seeking contract bidders for the three projects, Johnson said.
The new family support center will be built next to the post office and will replace a crowded and substandard facility in Aviano’s Area One, said Ken Watson, deputy commander of the 31st Mission Support Group.
Construction will start once a contract is awarded, and completion is estimated by January 2008, officials said.
A separate Army facility is slated to begin construction next month, and will give soldiers a place to gather and prepare before flying out from nearby Vicenza.