Posted on August 16, 2023
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded Turner Construction a $389 million contract to make Omaha, Nebraska’s, Offutt Air Force Base more resilient to flooding, according to a company news release.
The project is the final contract of the $1.1 billion Offutt Flood Recovery Program, which was developed at the military installation in response to catastrophic flooding from the Missouri River in 2019. That’s nearly double the original cost estimate of $650 million to rebuild after one-third of the base, including its runway, was inundated with water due to heavy rainfall and melting snow.
The project’s objective is to raise base facilities above the 100-year flood plain.
Turner will build a three-story, 420,000-square-foot facility to house intelligence, training, maintenance and reconnaissance squadrons. That building will allow Offutt’s 55th Wing and Air Force information operations unit to operate in the same location.
The facility will enhance Offutt’s abilities to serve dominant information warfare forces through electromagnetic spectrum operations, information operations, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and nuclear command, control and communications, according to a post on the USACE’s Omaha District Facebook page.
A separate, 5,000-square-foot defense courier station will serve as a shipping and receiving facility.
The facilities are slated to open in December 2027.