Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

More Construction Expected at Tinker

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

More Construction Expected at Tinker

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Military construction projects at Tinker Air Force Base are expected to pump millions of dollars into the central Oklahoma economy during 1989.

Several projects totaling $63.97 million are scheduled to start this year, or were begun after Oct. 1, the beginning of the 1989 fiscal year.

This added construction, along with increased civilian employment is expected to have a major impact on the local economy this year. However, no figures were available to compare the impact with that of 1988.

The 1989 military construction program is up considerably from the $10.29 million worth of projects which were started in 1988. In the last five years, military construction at Tinker has averaged $41 million per year.

When 1988 and 1989 budgeted construction is combined with the $80.78 million of existing construction, there will be an estimated $155 million worth of building done there this year.

Some of the current projects are more than 90 percent complete.

Three major projects are scheduled for 1989 with a total value of $52.17 million.

One program, land acquisition and initial construction for U.S. Navy facilities to house 15 E-6A flying communications platforms, began in December, but was authorized in the 1988 budget.

Major projects for 1989 are:

- B-1B avionics facilities are expected to cost $11.4 million for the 85,000-square-foot building and land acquisition.

- Security police operations will be a 10,300-square-foot facility to cost $1.25 million.

- Aircraft support facility for the Navy's two squadrons of airplanes will cost $38.08 million. When combined with the $11.8 million from 1988, this project will be worth $49. …

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