Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for Headquarters Building Construction and Main Gate Reconfiguration White Bluff, Spokane, Washington
92ND AIR REFUELING WING FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE WA
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The proposed action is the construction of a new Headquarters HQ building, along with necessary supporting infrastructure, and the reconfiguration of the main gate at White Bluff WB, a Fairchild Air Force Base FAFB operating site, located approximately 7 miles northwest of Spokane International Airport. WB is operated by the Joint Personal Recovery Agency JPRA as a tenant unit of Fairchild s 92nd Air Refueling Wing. Currently, JPRA mission support and command activities are distributed across the WB site in buildings that have aged beyond their useful life, and are operating with waivers for standard fire and force protection requirements. The proposed action will consolidate these activities into a single, purpose-built building, designed to best engineering practices and current DOD standards for economy and efficiency, supported with additional state of the art site utilities and infrastructure. Additionally, the WB main gate will be reconfigured to bring it into compliance with DOD security guidance and best practices. Improvements will include construction of a gatehouse with capacity to receive and ship deliveries outside the WB perimeter fence, and the addition of traffic calming measures. A total of five alternatives that would achieve the purpose and need were initially identified for environmental analysis. They include the five Action Alternatives B-F shown in the table below. In addition, the No Action Alternative was evaluated. Four of the alternatives provide for the same measures but at different siting locations identified as action alternatives B-E in the table below. Alternative F proposed the remodeling of existing buildings, but was eliminated from further environmental analysis, due to the buildings in question being outdated and ineligible for upgrade, repair, or modernization.
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