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Commander’s CommentsFalls City EngineerVol. 4, Issue 3District CommanderCol. Luke T. LeonardPublic Affairs ChiefTodd HornbackSend articles to Louisville DistrictPublic Affairs office at:[email protected]. Army Corps of EngineersCELRL-PAP.O. Box 59Louisville, KY 40201-0059Falls City Engineer is an unofficial publication under AR 360-1,published bimonthly for LouisvilleDistrict employees and members ofthe public by the U.S. Army Corpsof Engineers, CELRL-PA, P.O. Box59, Louisville, Ky. 40201-0059 under supervision of the public affairsoffice. Views and opinions expressed are not necessarily thoseof the Department of the Army orthe Corps of Engineers.As I close in on the end of my firstyear in the district, I realized that I’moverdue with providing you an update onour Operations Plan. The purpose of ourdistrict Operations Plan is to orient allthose serving in the district toward a setof common goals which are nested withthe vision of the Chief of Engineers andthe Great Lakes and Ohio River Divisioncommanding general’s overarching campaign plan. In a nutshell, in the absenceof specific guidance, anyone working forthe district could take our mission andOperations Plan goals – tie them in withtheir individual position description, andbe successful. The plan is a simple anduseful tool for counseling subordinatesand for just checking to see whether youor your division are in-step or out-of-stepwith the rest of the district.Our mission is simple and is unchanged: Provide public engineeringservices in peace and war to strengthenour nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. Thedistrict Operations Plan supplements themission with three goals in mind. All ofthem customer oriented and offer value viacost, time and quality. Improve execution and responsiveness to customers Reduce costs and balance workforceto maintain competitive rates Maintain competencies and recognize expertiseEach of us can keep these goals inmind as we go about our work. How doesthis translate to each of your divisions,branches, sections and teams? Look for ways to eliminate actions orprocesses which do not offer value toour customers and stakeholders forContentsOn the cover: The Ohio Riverfrontproject sports illuminated fountains inCincinnati.Please conserve:Think before you print.Col. Luke T. LeonardCommander and District EngineerLouisville DistrictU.S. Army Corps of Engineersmilitary and civil work, regulatory,real estate, and Congressional andlocal leaders. Look for inefficiencies and removethem. Meet with your supervisors orteam leaders to focus on what can bestopped. Simplicity can be the bestway forward. Change comes from within our organization–it does not come from someoutside force. We know our business best – we are the professionals.If there is a better, more efficientmethod to reach our goals, bringyour ideas forward. Then, assure wefollow the business processes. When strategizing the way forward,gather the right members for theteam—including looking at whatContinued on page 3Corps’ Ohio Riverfront Cincinnati project is ‘gateway to the city’3New chief engineer makes mega project first site visit4Corps provides parking for VA facility in Indianapolis5New student activity center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base5Michigan City will be home to new Armed Forces Reserve CenterSubmersible ‘fish’ takes environmental investigation to new depthsDistrict member throws first pitch at Louisville Bats gameDistrict gets moving for Commander’s Be Fit ChallengeCorps restores historical gem at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base6BUILDING STRONG Volume 4, Issue 378892

Continued from page 2you can bring to the team. Build ahealthy balance of permanent, temporary, term, interns and contractedpartners. You must choose to make long-termimprovements – it will not just happen on its own. While doing so, wewill conduct cost-benefit analysis forall new initiatives.And on a personal level I want you toknow that I am committed and I will: Listen to your ideas, trust yourresearch and your choices whichfollow Promote your professionalism andexpertise with leaders and otheragencies—we remain an engineeringleader providing critical support to I will do what I ask each of you todo, show passion in my support tothis district, to the Army and theNationOur new Chief of Engineers said itbest: “We are also operating in a morecomplex, less certain and fiscally-constrained environment. Now, more thanever, the nation will need a lean, agile,strong, capable, competent and trustedCorps of Engineers, one that truly teamswith our many partners to solve militaryengineering and scientific challenges facing our Joint Forces, our countryy and ourglobal community.” I’supportI’mm hehere too susupppporortyou as you do your parpart.a t.our district, region, nation and world.Know I fully support our employees establishing leadership roles inregional and national initiatives andI will share your great accomplishments. Do what is in my power to continuethe work of this district – includingmaking the hard decisions Lead plans to protect workloads andemployees from reduction in forcesby means other than attrition. Weare conducting aggressive workloadand workforce reviews each quarterand adding flexibility in staffingplans while continuing to maintainand build future leaders and criticalcompetencies.Civil WorksCorps’ Ohio Riverfront Cincinnati project is ‘gateway to the city’Carol LabashoskyCarol Labashosky, public affairsAt left is the water curtain at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati.The Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District and local sponsorthe City of Cincinnati (Cincinnati ParkBoard) have completed two phases ofthe three-phase Ohio Riverfront Cincinnati project. “The primary purpose of theproject is to provide access for the publicto enjoy environmental and recreationalamenities of the Ohio River in downtownCincinnati,” said Matt Schuler, ArmyCorps of Engineers Louisville Districtcivil works project manager.The project can be described as abi-level park plaza – a thoroughfare –opposite the Roebling Bridge along theriverfront, between the Great AmericanBallpark and Paul Brown Stadium.The property has been creatively over-hauled from rehabilitated parking areas toa unique and polished riverfront parkway.It is referred to as the new “gateway to thecity.” The sponsor named the area JohnG. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park,after its benefactor.All usable space has been utilized onthis project; nothing is wasted, accordingto Chris Hesse, Louisville District projectengineer. Granite stairways and zincfascia elevators provide access betweenfloors while attractive platforms encourageone to dawdle and reflect on the marvelof the project’s design and beauty. Thearea offers stunning river views frompromenades and walkways while nearbyfountains spray water in attractive patternsabove a colorful rainbow of recessedlights. A large grand staircase flanked bymore water features connects the tiersand provides access. Stainless steel railings, while attractive, are a notable safetyfeature.The projects’ elaborate water fountainswhile eye-catching required detailed andintricate engineering and plumbing tocomplete. The interactive lighted fountainwhere children dart back and forth throughwater spurts required its own control roomwith touch-screen panels.A water curtain streams down the twolevels like a shower. Regarding the watercurtain assembly, Hesse said, “There are aton of little nozzles; you can’t believe howmany.” The contractor would reach up ona ladder and screw in each one. The twopieces had to be perpendicular to the floor.An adjacent area, phase two, requiredsubstantial work evolving from a parkinggarage to a sprawling event lawn. The roofhad to be waterproofed. Paved walkwayswere laid around the perimeter. The greenspace, complete with an event stage, is thecrowning touch where the public gathersfor city festivals or to relax or walk dogs.Trees and light posts are spaced attractively between sets of rounded steps. Thespace is called the Jacob G. SchmidlappStage and Event Lawn.Other notable features and detailsinclude: stone cladding to disguise the park-Continued on page 4BUILDING STRONG Volume 4, Issue 33

ing area garage doors attractive limestone and granite materials; a wall engraved with sponsors names including the U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers an event stage to hold concerts plumbing diversion plates whichproduce subtle and gentle waves inwater pools, not pronounced bubbling or gurgling large capacity generator/ transformerto deliver power throughout the fiveacre project varied tree species including thebuckeye, Ohio’s state tree stainless steel bike racks zinc fascia tempered-glass elevatorsproviding a clear view to mechanisms marble-sized steel balls along raisedpavers to deter skate boardersSchueler and Hesse both agreed themost challenging part of the project wasworking in a congested area in the middleof a big city. The heart-beat of the city’sinfrastructure had to be reckoned with.“There are issues with utilities, electric,plumbing and drainage – for all the pipesfor the fountains – and daily traffic,”Hesse said.Nevertheless, Hesse said, “It’s beenCarol LabashoskyContinued from page 3An interactive fountain encourages park visitors to cool off at the Ohio Riverfront Cincinnati.really fun to work on it.”Schueler and Army Corps of EngineersLouisville District Commander Col. LukeLeonard attended a commemoration of thepark on May 17. A public ribbon cuttingwas held May 18. Team members Hesse,Schueler, Kevin Vernia, civil engineer; andRenato Leonardi, resident engineer, represented the Corps at additional functions.“The city has a new front door,” saidCincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Quallsduring the grand opening reception. Without the Army Corps of Engineers, none ofthis would have taken place,” she said.The third phase of the project will beconstructed in the near future.Sasaki, Watertown, Mass., was thedesign firm; contractors Monarch Construction Company and Megen, both firmsof Cincinnati, built the project.New chief engineer makes mega project first site visitJon Fleshman, public affairsay 22 Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick became the 53rd U.S. Armychief of Engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,and May 23 he was under a dam shell inthe casting yard at the Olmsted Locksand Dam replacement project seeing forhimself the challenges overcome by theLouisville District’s seasoned team of experts. Bostick serves as the senior militaryMark WiseMBUILDING STRONG officer overseeing most of the nation’scivil works infrastructure and militaryconstruction.Previously, Bostick served as deputychief of staff, G-1, personnel, U.S. Army,responsible for developing, managing, andexecuting manpower and personnel plans,programs, and policies for the Army.He served as executive officer to theChief of Engineers, executive officer tothe Army Chief of Staff, and deputy director of operations for the National MilitaryCommand Center, J-3, the Joint Staff inthe Pentagon from May 2001 to August2002, including the events of September11, 2001.During the chief’s first town hall meeting at Corps’ headquarters, he includedOlmsted among his examples of importantprojects being undertaken by the Corpstoday. In the photograph, Richard Schipp(left), deputy chief of the district’s construction division, explains casting yardactivities to Bostick and Great Lakes andOhio River Division Commander Brig.Gen. Margaret Burcham (right).Volume 4, Issue 34

Military ConstructionCorps provides parking for VA facility in IndianapolisUSACEKatie Newton, public affairsA new three-story parking garage constructed by the Corps of Engineers provides 488 new parkingspaces for patients and staff at the Veteran’s Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind.Finding a parking spot near theVeteran’s Medical Center in theheart of downtown Indianapolis, Ind., isnow much easier for patients and staffthanks to a newly completed three-storyparking garage designed and built underthe supervision of the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers.The garage, which was designed tomeet the Veteran’s Administration (VA)specific needs, will alleviate parkinghassles for those using the Richard L.Roudebush VA Medical Center located onTenth Street.“The lack of parking in the immediate area has been an extreme hardshipfor patients and staff of the hospital,”said Louisville District project managerHarry Hottell. “The new parking garagehas added 488 new parking spaces to helpease the difficulty of veterans using thefacility.”The construction contract was awardedto Northview Enterprises Inc. out of Louisville, Ky., which is a Military ServiceDisabled Veteran Owned Company. “Theydid great work to complete the project ontime and under budget,” said Nick Bibelhauser, Fort Knox Resident Office ProjectEngineer.Construction of the new parking garagewas completed in 14 months. The garageopened to vehicles May 14.The 9.8 million design-build projectconsisted of 6,600 cubic yards of concrete,380 tons of steel and 58 tons of tension cables that would stretch for 110 miles if laidend-to-end. “It was a unique project andour first parking garage in Indianapolis,”said Hottell. “We are more than pleasedwith the end result and hope that it makeslife easier for the users.” The state-of-theart structure includes an ADA accessibleelevator and ramps for easy wheelchairaccess for patients.The Corps has previously done workat the VA Medical Campus in Indianapolisincluding chiller plants, masonry, caulking, waterproofing, replacements ofgenerators and switchgear and installationof an uninterrupted power supply.“Working with the VA has been anabsolute pleasure,” said Bibelhauser. “Thepersonnel are professional and have greatattitudes. I anxiously await my next opportunity to work with their team.”New student activity center at Wright-Patterson AirForce Base gives Airmen space to unwindUSACEKatie Newton, public affairsThe new 2,800 sq. ft. activity center, at right, will be used by students at the U.S. Air Force School ofAerospace Medicine.Apprentice Airmen at the U.S.Air Force School of AerospaceMedicine (USAFSAM) now have a placeto relax and recuperate at Wright-PattersonAir Force Base thanks to a new StudentActivity Center constructed by the Corpsof Engineers.The 2,800 sq. ft. facility was designedto accommodate approximately 80 USAFSAM pipeline students for after schoolactivities and features a kitchenette, billiard and game area, large screen TV andan internet lounge.“This unique stand-alone facilityprovides a place for recreational activitiesto students, which in turn will benefit theirmorale, productivity and overall trainingeffectiveness,” said Louisville DistrictCorps of Engineers Project ManagerClayton Hayes. “It also provides a positivesocial environment where students cangather after school and have fun.”Construction of the Student ActivityCenter was completed in February 2012by D.A.G. Construction Company, Inc.out of Cincinnati, Ohio and completed onContinued on page 6BUILDING STRONG Volume 4, Issue 35

Continued from page 5schedule in approximately seven monthsfor a cost of approximately 700,000.Students will begin using the facility inJune 2012, as the Base Civil Engineersmake final preparations and completehook-ups for appliances.The Student Activity Center project issignificant for the fact it was the last of theLouisville District’s BRAC 05 programto be completed at Wright-Patterson AirForce Base. “There was a high emphasison the project to be awarded and constructed to meet the BRAC deadline andstudent training schedule,” said Hayes.The Student Activity Center, which islocated adjacent to the new Pipeline Dormitory in the Kittyhawk area of WrightPatterson Air Force Base, was designedwith the Pipeline Dorm’s architecturaltheme in mind. “It was a very challengingproject right from the start,” said Hayes.“The original plans had to be re-designedwithout too much compromise in amenities, and not to exceed the budget.”“The project was also very rewarding,”said Hayes. “Even though this was a relatively small size project compared to othernew facilities constructed, the projectmanagement team’s hard work and dedication, along with having a good contractor,and minimal project changes, led to theoverall success of the project.”The Student Activity Center will beoperated by the Force Support Squadron. The operational hours are designedto meet the student’s school scheduleand maximize their free time, weekends,holidays and school breaks. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony for the new StudentActivity Center was held June 12.Army ReserveMichigan City will be home to new Reserve centerCarol Labashosky, public affairsTdifferent stages of development. Groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings have beenfrequent. The facilities are as different asare their missions and number of militarypersonnel they house. Different trainingrequirements call for specific design, forexample administrative, educational, assembly, library, learning center, weapons,vehicle bays and parking are only a fewexamples. Some replace old centers orcomplement existing ones. As the militaryrestructures and transforms, the need forupdated reserve facilities has increased.In Michigan City, Ind., Tom Murphyis working to develop a center on 16 acreswhich was a former corn and soybeanfield. Three buildings will be constructed:a 40,000 square-foot Army ReserveUSACEhe Louisville District ReserveSupport Branch continues to moveforward creating numerous Army ReserveCenters across the nation. The reservecenters fall under four regional supportcommands, the North West, 88th at FortMcCoy, Wis., the North East 99th, at FortDix, N.J., the South East, 81st out of Ft.Jackson, S.C., and the South West 63rd atMoffett Field, Calif.The Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District has distinguished itselfthroughout the nation as the center of standardization for Army Reserve Centers.“When the Army Reserve needs acenter built, they come to us,” said ProjectManager Tom Murphy.There are many reserve centers inbuilding, and 11,000 square-foot vehiclemaintenance shop and a 2,000 square footunheated storage building.The center will be a 300-member training facility with administrative, educational, assembly, library, learning center, vault,weapons simulator and physical fitnessareas for seven Army Reserve units underthe 88th Reserve Support Command.“We worked with Michigan CityEconomic Development,” said Murphy.This practice enables USACE to choosesites that meet requirements for the Armyas well as giving the community a voice inthe center’s ultimate location.Subtle changes occur throughout thedesign and construction process. In thiscase, portions of the access to the parking areas of the center were able to beupgraded to concrete, a more durable andhardy material for those Midwest bitterand snowy winters.Murphy said he enjoys his work withthe customer, the Army Reserve and thecommunity. A lot of coordination occursbehind the scene to create a quality structure that Reservists can use for years tocome. “I really like Michigan City,” saidMurphy. “I enjoy the area, its scenery andworking to contribute to their community.”The center is scheduled to open in the fallof 2013.The Louisville District is currentlyworking on approximately 210 ArmyReserve projects in the United States andits territories.This rendering shows what the Michigan City Reserve center will look like when it is completed.BUILDING STRONG Volume 4, Issue 36

EnvironmentalSubmersible ‘fish’ takes environmentalinvestigation, cleanup to new depthsUSACEKatie Newton, public affairsNew underwater technology is used in the Kishwaukee River at Camp Grant in Illinois to help detectand characterize anomalies on the riverbed.The Louisville District is now usingtowed sensor array technology tohelp identify underwater anomalies in theKishwaukee River at Camp Grant in Illinois. This technology will also be evaluated for use in an upcoming ChesapeakeBay survey at Fort Monroe in Virginia.This new underwater technology,the Underwater Simultaneous EMI andMagnetometer (USEMS), employs a twosensor array to locate underwater anomalies. The first sensor array (magnetometer)detects ferrous metals including those thatare buried deeply below the silt line. Thesecond sensor array (EM61) detects allmetals, including aluminum and brass,found on the bottom or just below the siltline. USEMS is the only marine system inthe world to simultaneously deploy thesetwo sensors.“This dual array system allows geophysicists and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialists to work togetherin streamlining the number of anomaliesthat are investigated,” said Brooks Evens,the Louisville District Technical Managerfor the two projects. “It can help distinguish between a cannonball that might bein the channel or an old boat motor thatdoesn’t need our attention,” said Evens.The submersible “fish” containing thetwo sensors looks much like a miniaturesubmarine and is towed behind a boat attached to a carbon fiber boom. The fish’sdepth is controlled by an operator on theboat as the fish is towed one to two feet offthe bottom of the riverbed. The fish’s EMIsensor sends out electromagnetic pulses todetect buried metal. In addition, the fish’smagnetometer sensor measures disruptionsin the earth’s magnetic field caused byburied ferrous metal. The strength of thesignals is plotted and used to determinewhich anomalies to investigate. Geophysicists analyze the characteristics and thenturn over a “dig sheet” to EOD Specialistswho then use an underwater camera forfurther exploration and resolution of theanomaly.The benefits of the innovative technology seem endless. “It reduces manhours—we’re able to cover larger zoneswith fewer man hours, which helps to cutcost,” said Evens. “It saves time, moneyand makes everything safer.”USEMS was developed and built byScience Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the Army Corps ofEngineers Huntsville Center (CEHNC),with funding from the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program(ESTCP). They have worked to refine thetechnology over the past few years on twoother pilot sites across the country andnow at one of the Louisville District sites.The technology proved hugely successful in the river at Camp Grant inRockford, Illinois in April 2012. CampGrant is a WWII Formerly Used DefenseSite (FUDS) used from 1915-1947 that required remediation of several rifle rangesand investigation of the KishwaukeeRiver, which divides the park in two.In April, USEMS was used to identifyand then investigate 35 “flagged” anomalies. Of those 35 anomalies, none wereidentified as MEC—only rusted rebar,road signs and farm implements werefound in the river.“Camp Grant worked out really well,”said Evens. “It will allow us to considerexpanding the current Land Use Controls(LUCs) out into the river or to say wedon’t need to continue searching the riverbottom for MEC.” The proof is out of the35 anomalies identified as potential MEC,zero MEC was found during the survey.“This helps to confirm that the river presents a low probability for encounteringMEC,” said Evens.“This type of technology was a perfectsolution for the Camp Grant site,” saidValerie Doss, Camp Grant Project Manager. “We might possibly use it again inSpoon River at Camp Ellis as well.”Since things worked out so well in Illinois, the Corps also plans to use USEMSas one of the potential underwater technologies at Fort Monroe in Virginia in thesummer of 2013. Typically, Fort Monroewouldn’t fall into the Louisville Districtfootprint, but as part of BRAC 05 the Louisville District was assigned eight projectsites outside of its region—one of whichwas Fort Monroe.“The working relationship betweenBRAC and the Louisville District has beenongoing since 2005,” said Evens. “Thecustomers have been satisfied and so wewant to work hard to complete the work atthose sites.”So, next summer depending on thehistorical research for the water ranges,the Corps will begin an initial investigation of 55,000 acres of underwater realestate at Fort Monroe to determine if andwhat should be done in the waters of theChesapeake Bay surrounding the Fort.The area includes firing arcs put inplace after the War of 1812 to protect theChesapeake Bay, where munitions such asContinued on page 8BUILDING STRONG Volume 4, Issue 37

cannonballs, parrott rounds and modern90mm projectiles were fired.Historical research will be conductedto determine the next step, which willlikely include underwater investigation.At that point the Baltimore District willprovide support to the Louisville Districtthroughout the investigation. “The newtechnology will save time and money forthe government,” said Evens. “Additionally, the area we plan to investigate in theChesapeake Bay could potentially help toprotect fisherman, recreational users, utility crossings, and dredging operations bydetermining if any unacceptable hazardsare present,” said Evens.These new underwater sensor arraysUSACEContinued from page 7Ordnance and an old cannonball from Fort Monroe show what the new technology could helplocate.will also provide benefits to projectsreaching far beyond the Chesapeake Bay.“It’s a good system,” said Evens. “It’sstill in infancy stages, but it will be a help-ful tool moving into the future because theArmy, Navy, Air Force and Marines havea vast number of water ranges that thistype of technology will help with.”SpotlightDistrict member throws first pitch at Louisville Bats gameCarol Labashosky, public affairsMaj. David Kopecky, projectengineer, Fort Knox ResidentOffice, threw out the first pitch with Bobber the Water Safety Dog at his side at theLouisville Bats game June 15 as part ofthe water safety night at the stadium.Park rangers and Kopecky and hiswife, handed out water safety items andshared water safety messages with gameattendees.The death of a 21-year-old June 16 atLouisville District’s Rough River Lake is astrong reminder of the importance of getting water safety messages out to childrenand adults.The booth displayed samples of lifejackets and offered water safety messagessuch as the following:Wear a life jacket – don’t just carryone on board. Make sure it is Coast Guardapproved and appropriately sized. It onlytakes 10 seconds to put on a life jacket andthat 10 seconds could save your life if youare involved in a boating accident.Boaters - Boaters should take safetyclasses, be familiar with governing statelaws, wear a life jacket, and have propersafety equipment onboard before boating. Seventy percent of reported fatalitiesoccurred on boats where the operator hadnot received boating safety instruction,according to Coast Guard statistics. Checkthe weather forecast. File a float plan withfamily or friends who are not on the vessel.Swimming - Know Your Limits. AtArmy Corps of Engineers sites, swimmingin non-designated areas is the highest (47percent) cause for all water-related fatalities nationwide. Of all swimming-relatedfatalities, 87 percent of those were in nondesignated swimming areas. Don’t takechances by over-estimating your swimming skills, and swim only in designatedareas. Never dive into lakes and rivers.Never rely on toys such as inner tubes andwater wings to stay afloat. Never swimalone.District gets moving for Commander’s Be Fit ChallengeThe Safety Office would like tothank the participants of theCommander’s Be Fit Challenge, whichconcluded June 15, 2012. A total of 129individuals from 11 different divisions andoffices participated in the challenge.The challenge consisted of two different competitions. Ninety-five employeescompeted for the highest percentage ofweight lost between March 1 and June 15.Seventy-one employees competed for themost amount of time exercised betweenMarch 1 and June 15. Thirty-seven employees participated in both competitions.The participants in the competition formost time exercised averaged more than1,000 hours of exercise per month.The Be Fit Challenge also containsteam competitions for weight loss andmost time exercised during the timeperiod. The participants from the 11 divisions and offices were broken down into10 teams based on where they worked.The winners of the individual and teamawards will be announced during CorpsDay June 22.BUILDING STRONG USACEAnthony Hite, safety officeCorps employees can use the fitness center atthe Mazzoli Federal Building during their timeoff to help reach their fitness goals.Volume 4, Issue 38

HistoryCorps restores historical gem at Wright-Patterson Air Force BaseBuilding 23 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was recently renovated inside and out. The threestory facility is state-of-the-art, but maintains its historical appearance on the exterior.Everything ages with time—eventhe beautifully constructed buildings of the bygone days that scatter acrossWright Patterson Air Force Base. TheCorps of Engineers Louisville Districtis working to change that, by partneringwith Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, toundertake renovation projects of severalhistorical facilities.In June, doors will open on the latestrestored facility—Building 23 in theWright Field Historic District. The historicStatic Test Facility, which was originallybuilt in 1934 to house structural tests foraircraft and parts has had a 22.5 millionoverhaul over the past 20 months.“We took an old hanger that was seenas a disaster inside, and it has turned out tobe one the most industrial looking labs atWright-Patt used for research and development,” said John Hearn, Louisville DistrictCorps of Engineers Construction Representative.The historic district was establishedin 1927 as the experimental engineeringarm of the U.S. Army Signal Corps andwas the site of some of the most advancedaeronautical engineering w

stainless steel bike racks zinc fascia tempered-glass elevators providing a clear view to mecha-nisms marble-sized steel balls along raised pavers to deter skate boarders Schueler and Hesse both agreed the most challenging part of the project was working in a congested area in the middle of a big city. The heart-beat of the city's