Pardon our progress: A look at base construction projects Published June 15, 2012 By Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Earth continues to be moved and indoor renovations are moving forward across Robins. Currently, there are 51 ongoing projects, from parking lot upgrades and new building construction, to indoor projects such as repairing and replacing roofs and fixing alarm systems. Last week, a new building off Robins Parkway held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 93,000-square-foot Air Force Reserve Command modular facility will be ready for move-in starting today, and is part of a long-term plan to consolidate off-base and on-base facilities into one headquarters complex. The construction was supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. AFRC is also in the midst of constructing a Deployment Readiness and Training Center across the street as part of its complex. Other projects include construction of a new parking lot that will accommodate 146 parking spaces on Perimeter Road next to Bldg. 2390, and the demolition of buildings 659, 1515, 657, 288 and 87. "We are demolishing whole facilities, including two warehouses and one near the museum," said Becky McCoy, 778th Civil Engineer Squadron director. "It is part of an Air Force initiative to reduce 20 percent of our footprint by 2020. We are consolidating and demolishing facilities across the Air Force, but at Robins this will be a challenge as we grow or take on new missions." Another project is a new $64 million advanced metal plating facility with an estimated completion date of November. It will be located in the industrial area near the existing plating shop in Bldg. 142. The parking lot project south of Bldg. 215 has been completed and includes a net gain of 200 parking spaces. On another parking lot project west of Bldg. 645, work is ongoing to remove and replace deteriorating asphalt. Watch for follow-on articles describing the Robins AFB construction program in the Rev-Up and on the Robins AFB-2K Splash Page.