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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Engineers and planners are mapping out the next round of renovations for Yokota military family housing.

Every area on base will be affected as phased work continues under the Post Acquisition Improvement Program, or PAIP, a multiyear effort funded by Congress that will result in refurbishment of 1,679 units here.

Projects are aimed at providing "modern and efficient housing upgrades" that meet current military codes and guidelines, said Amy Ferrer, who works in construction management for the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron.

They’re mainly designed to upgrade kitchen amenities and improve heating, air conditioning and plumbing systems. The work also will reconfigure housing layouts and increase square footage in garden units.

"This project upgrades and modernizes housing which was constructed in the early 1970s," Ferrer said. "These housing units require major renovations and repairs to correct deterioration resulting from age and heavy use. They have had no major upgrades since construction and do not meet the needs of today’s families nor do they provide a modern home environment."

Phases 1-3 were completed in 2005 and 2007, she said. A total of 622 units were upgraded on Yokota’s east side, including four tower apartment buildings and 85 townhouses.

According to the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, renovations during the first three phases cost $55 million. With contract bidding under way for Phases 4-5 but yet to begin for 6-7, officials offered no spending projection for upcoming segments.

The contracts for targeted garden and tower apartments in phases 4-5 are scheduled to be awarded no later than Sept. 30, said Jeff McNeely, the civil engineer squadron’s deputy commander. Construction will start next spring.

He said projects within Phase 6 have been fully designed, but blueprints are being drawn now for the seventh. That project includes overhaul of 11 garden apartment buildings and 46 units on Yokota’s west side.

"The renovation there would probably be similar to what we have already done on the east side," McNeely said. "This … should be design complete in six to eight months and may be ready for contract bidding next year. Work would start in 18 to 24 months."

As construction dates approach, Ferrer said, many units will be left empty as families depart for new assignments, but that won’t always be the case.

"The project was phased to have less impact in moving families," she said, "but there will be situations that families may have to move before they PCS. The housing office will work with families to have a smooth move."

Other improvements being made to housing units include upgrades to all interior finishes and electrical systems, storage room expansion, painting of exterior walls in garden apartments, and new fire-protection measures in towers. Handicapped-accessible units also will be provided to families who require them, Ferrer said.

Among other restoration efforts, workers will plant shrubs to screen utility boxes and trash enclosures, resurface parking lots in need of repair, add shade structures and build multipurpose half-basketball courts in a few locations.

Renovation plans

Here is a look at military family housing units set to be renovated in coming years at Yokota Air Base, Japan, under the Post Acquisition Improvement Program:

Phase 429 buildings with 116 units, Tower 4305 with 70 units (east side)6 houses (north housing area)Phase 528 buildings with 112 units (east side)Tower 3220 (west side)4 houses (north housing area)

Phase 630 buildings with 120 units (east side)Tower 2000 with 70 units (south housing area)

Phase 7Tower 1561, Tower 1562, Tower 1563 with 70 units each (east side)11 buildings with 46 units (west side)6 buildings with 24 units (north housing area)Tower 2091 with 70 units (south housing area)

Source: 374th Civil Engineer Squadron

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